Department for Public Health http://wkyufm.org en Extra Funds Bolster Rural Health Institute's Effort To Serve Area http://wkyufm.org/post/extra-funds-bolster-rural-health-institutes-effort-serve-area <p></p><p>At first glance, they look like RVs. But a closer look at the two giant trucks reveals the words &ldquo;Mobile Health Unit&rdquo; emblazoned on the side.</p><p>&ldquo;The units that we have are basically a clinic-on-wheels. Each mobile unit we have two &lsquo;clinic&rsquo; rooms that are just basically like a doctor&rsquo;s office that you&rsquo;d go to in a stationary clinic,&rdquo; said Matthew Hunt, director of WKU&rsquo;s Institute for Rural Health. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&ldquo;Regardless of location, we can see the patient and that&rsquo;s a nice thing. We reduce barriers of transportation and take the services directly to the patient.&rdquo;</span></p><p>The program recently received a $50,000 gift from the Good Samaritan Foundation to be used for supplies and an $8,000 grant from the Kentucky Department of Public Health to continue a program that brings free dental care to hundreds of school children in Allen County.<br /><br />&ldquo;It&rsquo;s very expensive to offer these services to the community.&nbsp; These funding sources will help us purchase much-needed medical supplies such as gloves, flu vaccines and new portable equipment,&rdquo; said Hunt.<br /> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 00:30:00 +0000 Emil Moffatt 38043 at http://wkyufm.org Extra Funds Bolster Rural Health Institute's Effort To Serve Area Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Cantaloupes http://wkyufm.org/post/salmonella-outbreak-linked-cantaloupes <p>The Department for Public Health says cantaloupes tested in the state public health laboratory&nbsp; in Kentucky carry the same strain of salmonella associated with a statewide outbreak that health officials say is continuing.&nbsp; At least fifty people have been sickened by the salmonella, and health officials say it has been associated with two deaths. Fri, 17 Aug 2012 16:16:45 +0000 Dan Modlin 17624 at http://wkyufm.org Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Cantaloupes