County health care providers work with low-income families
Marion County Early Childhood Task Force is presenting plaques to physicians, dentists, optometrists, and mental health care providers who work with low-income families.
“Somebody needs to be there for the kids,” physician Don Hodson said Friday.
Hodson, of Marion Family Physicians Clinic, thinks most small-town care providers are good about working with families on Medicaid. It is in bigger cities, that it is difficult to find a doctor willing to accept Medicaid, he said.
“I feel like being a doctor is being a public servant, too,” he said. “You feel for the kids in a tough situation and want to help them.”
Linda Ogden, director of Communities in Schools of Marion County, said many counties don’t have health care providers who serve low-income families.
“Our county providers put the children first,” Ogden said.
Other care providers the task force is recognizing are:
- Medical — St. Luke Physician Clinic, Hillsboro Family Practice, and Michael Reeh, MD.
- Dentistry — Gerald Vinduska, DDS; and Robert Hague, DDS.
- Vision — Paul Unruh, OD.
- Mental health — Prairie View.
- Community health — Marion County Health Department.
Last modified July 29, 2010