Level Up: Increasing health care for the poor

The Aaron E. Henry clinic in Clarksdale, Mississippi, has found a way to treat more poor sick children.

Doctors in training and residents are coming out of Nashville’s Meharry Medical College.

The historic medical school was the first medical school in the South for African Americans.

“A program of this nature would bring doctors to an area where a lot of people don’t want to live because of the state of Mississippi’s image and poverty and everything,” said William Booker M.D.

Not a moment too soon because the need for healthcare remains critical in places like the Mississippi Delta.

Mississippi needs 1,700 more active physicians to meet the state needs.

“it’s real. It’s real because you see so many patients, and those you can’t see end up going to emergency rooms and not getting the care they need. Wasting federal dollars going to emergency room with a high bill,” said pediatrician Dr. Dorcas Eshund.

In April of 2017, Dr. Eshund was one two doctors holding their finger in the health care gap at the Aaron E. Henry Community Health Center.

Back then, a sick child in Clarksdale, Mississippi without money or health insurance only had the AEH community clinics the emergency room.

There were only two pediatricians taking care of poor sick children in 7 counties including: Coahoma, Tunica, Panola, Tate, and Quitman.

Three quarters of a million dollars in grant money is set to arrive in 2021 and the physicians come the next year in 2022.