The estimated budget for 2004 is $32,760 and the United Way of Clay County generally provides less than half of the clinic's annual budget, leaving a balance of $18,700 to come from locally-raised funds. Clay County Well-Child Clinic has run over its expected caseload since it opened, serving over 2,500 children.
The mission statement of the clinic is, "Working to improve Clay County's most valuable natural resource, its children." This statement enforces the origins of the clinic, to give children from low-income families a fair start with early identification, education and referral for problems such as developmental delays, poor nutrition, lack of immunizations and vision and hearing problems.
Secondly, the organization saves tax dollars because a child who suffers from these problems costs tax-payers additional money.
The WCC provides screenings which consist of history, measurements, hearing, vision, developmental delay and behavioral assessment, physicals, urinalysis, hemoglobin, tuberculin testing, immunization and some vitamins. The WCC also offers counseling and education pertaining to nutrition, health care, accident prevention, growth and development, infant stimulation and child abuse.
During the first 21 years of operation, the clinic has served over 2,500 children with a total number of clients at 8,890 and an average of 12 patients per clinic. Approximate annual income of the patients' families is $4,332 a year per member.
Clinic Coordinator Ann Miller says, "We are currently in our annual sponsor-a-child campaign and any donations will be greatly appreciated."
It is time for children to come in and get immunizations before school starts. The Well-Child Clinic will offer a free immunization clinic Aug. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Armory, South SR 59.