"Unlocking the Door to Healthcare for all"
The CareLink program provides needed health care services to the uninsured/ under-insured residents throughout the NMRHN’s eleven-county service area. The CareLink partners recognize that a strong safety net improves overall public health; reduces school and work absenteeism; reduces unneeded emergency room visits; and supports patients who need care the most!
The CareLink office, located at 117 W. Potter Avenue in Kirksville, is staffed with a referral coordinator to assist consumers in person or by phone (660-665-3455 or toll-free 877-539-2227) in locating needed health services. The CareLink Resource Directory, listing over 800 providers and services in northeast Missouri, is available through this website by clicking on the link on the menu bar shown on the left. The coordinator will also assist in identifying and aid in the enrollment of consumers who may qualify for social assistance programs.
The Missouri Foundation for Health provided grant funding during 2005 - 2007 which allowed twenty CareLink partner agencies to provide direct care services to the uninsured/underinsured through 40,356 designated ambulatory visits, free screenings, clinics and mental health services. In addition, 3,531 referrals were made for additional or follow-up care; 1,047 referrals were made to social service, sliding fee scale or other charity health programs; transportation was provided through 2,670 encounters; and, the referral coordinator provided assistance through 5,269 encounters (walk-ins or calls to toll-free number). A list of partner agencies is shown below. Learn more about the contracted services provided by the named agencies during the grant funding on the CareLink Partner Activities page.
Another service of the CareLink program, has been to train nearly 100 volunteers as Community Health Advocates throughout the eleven-county region. The advocates are provided with information on various programs as well as a hard copy of the resource directory which enables them to share information with residents on available services to meet their health care needs. Contact numbers for the CareLink referral line are also shared with people they come in contact with daily at the grassroots level, in venues such as faith-based organizational work, service clubs, schools and school-centered events, local area merchants, and worksites, etc. A Community Health Advocate newsletter is also distributed to provide additional information as it becomes available. To view the newsletters click on one of the links below:
Community Health Advocate News - November 2006
Community Health Advocate News - December 2006
Community Health Advocate News - February 2007
Community Health Advocate News - April 2007
Community Health Advocate News - September 2007
Community Health Advocate News - December 2007
Community Health Advocate News - March 2008
Community Health Advocate News - April 2009
Community Health Advocate News - May 2010
CareLink Partner Agencies
Adair County Health Department Putnam County Health Department
Knox County Health Department Putnam County Memorial Hospital
Linn County Health Department Samaritan Memorial Hospital
Macon County Health Department Schuyler County Health Department
Mark Twain Area Counseling Center Scotland County Health Department
North Central Missouri Mental Health Center Scotland County Memorial Hospital
Northeast Missouri Health Council Sullivan County Health Department
Northeast Regional Medical Center Sullivan County Memorial Hospital
Preferred Family Healthcare
…also partnering in 2006 and 2007
Clark County Health Department Shelby County Health Department
Lewis County Health Department
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“Funding for this project was provided in part by the Missouri Foundation for Health. The Missouri Foundation for Health is a philanthropic organization whose mission is to improve the health of the people in the communities it serves.”
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Northeast Missouri Rural Health Network
117 W. Potter Avenue, Kirksville, MO 63501
Toll Free 877-539-2227