Reynolds County Health Center

Frances Vermillion, Administrator
2323 Green Street P.O. Box 40
Centerville, MO 63633

Phone – 573-648-2498
Toll Free – 866-579-3861
Fax – 573-648-2510

In collaboration with the Missouri Institute for Community Health (MICH) your Public Health Center is Accredited since 2011.

Mission Statement

Reynolds County Health Center will be Public Health Advocates by assessing health & environmental needs and provide promotion, protection, & prevention through leadership to develop policies and priorities for the citizens of Reynolds County.

Essential Public Health Services

  • Monitor health status to identify community health problems
  • Diagnose & investigate health problems & health hazards in the community
  • Inform, educate & empower people about health issues
  • Mobilize community partnerships to identify & solve health problems
  • Develop policies & plans that support individual & community health efforts
  • Enforce laws & regulations that protect health & ensure safety
  • Link people to needed personal health services & assure the provision of health care when otherwise unavailable
  • Assure a competent public health & personal health care work force
  • Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility & quality of personal & population-based health services
  • Research for new insights & innovative solutions to health problems

Prevent

Car Seats

Most car crashes happen close to home during short trips in the car. Our Injury ER Visits for 1-14 yr. olds for 2014 was 173. 15-19 yr. olds were 71. Education needs to be done with our teens on seat belt usage and safe driving.

We issued 16 car seats in 2017 to those who met income eligibility guidelines & is a resident of Reynolds County.

Chronic Disease

Adult Smokers in Reynolds County reached 32.5% in 2011 with the average in Missouri at 23.1% and Mothers who smoked during pregnancy is at 32.8% with Missouri averaging 17.5%. Education and Disease Management is available for individuals with presentations to organizations, businesses, and churches.

Hypertension is the “silent killer” This is leading to an increase in High Blood Pressure of 45.4% & High Cholesterol at 55.9%.

Safe Crib Program

Between 2002-2012, Reynolds County had 12 Infant deaths. Women who are on WIC, in Prenatal Case Management Program, 36 weeks or more & meet income eligibility guidelines can receive a free Pack & Play Crib along with education on Safe Sleep Practices.

The Health Center has gave out 53 cribs in 2017 through the Safe Crib Program.

Hepatitis C Testing

Free testing was started in 2017 & several clinics were held. Anyone can be tested free of charge as long as they never had a positive test before. We test Monday – Thursday 8am – 4pm.

Promote

Child Care Health Consultation

This program provides required training to child providers and Health Promotion to children on various topics i.e. Germs are NOT for Sharing, Lana the Iguana eats from the Garden, Potter, the Healthy Otter, Healthy Teeth & a lot more.

It also assist adults with questions on child care as well as continuing education. 238 children received health promotion education from this program.

Maternal Child Health focused on Obesity & Physical Activity

Maternal Child Health Program has been focusing on Obesity and Physical Activity since 2010. 37.2% of Reynolds County citizens are overweight with 13% of children aged 2-5 years of age already being at risk for overweight. 32.7% show physical inactivity.

In 2017, the Health Center did 168 weight and BMI checks, 2 Cholesterol Screenings, 433 Blood Pressure Checks, & 9 Blood Sugar Checks. These are offered for a minimal charge & blood pressure checks are free. 252 Nutritional Counseling sessions were done.

Women, Infant & Children – WIC

Women, Infant & Children (WIC) is a special supplemental nutrition program which provides services to pregnant women, new mothers, infants and children up to their 5th birthday based on nutritional risk and income eligibility. The primary services provided are health screening, risk assessment, nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding promotion/counseling and referrals to health care. Supplemental food is provided at no cost to participants. RCHC served 1112 people in 2017.

Protect

Services:

In 2017 we serviced our citizens with the following:

    • 119 TB Skin Tests
    • 499 Immunizations
    • 198 Flu Shots
    • 20 Lead Testing of children
    • 573 Hearing Tests
    • 780 Vision Tests
    • 169 Head Lice Checks
    • 428 Maternal Child Related Issues
    • 1117 WIC clients as of October 2013
    • 89 Sanitation/Water/Lodging Inspections
    • 78 Prenatal Case Management Visits
    • 30 Pregnancy Tests
    • 41 Medicaid Application for Pregnancy
    • 208 Communicable Disease Surveillance Calls & Investigations
    • 490 Birth/Death Certificates
    • 2304 Public Health Issues
    • 1137 School Health Screenings

Overall, 11,107 services were provided.

We outreached to Food Pantries in Ellington & Black, as well as to all county schools.

Region G in south central Missouri includes nine counties. The area includes Carter, Douglas, Howell, Oregon, Ozark, Reynolds, Shannon, Texas and Wright counties. Reynolds County Health Center has joined together with the local health departments in these counties to work together on some of the larger issues of public health.

The Region G Public Health Collaborative now has a Website which is available to the public. The updated 2017 Regional Community Health Assessment and other information can be found at http://www.dchd.org.

Reynolds County Health Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Services provided on a non-discriminatory basis