The Erie County Health Department is reaching out to those whose homes dot the countryside.
Beginning in about two weeks, the health department plans to conduct regular clinics in Vermilion, and plans to expand that effort in the next few weeks to offer clinics in all nine of the county's townships.
"The idea is to get the health department out of our four walls and out into the community," said Peter Schade, Erie County's health commissioner. "There's a lot of folks who can't drive into town."
The clinic at Vermilion will be at the Vermilion Family YMCA. Other clinics will be at town halls, said Janet Mesenburg, director of nursing at the health department.
The idea is to have regular clinic times on a rotation, so people in the area will learn when a clinic is available, Schade said.
The clinics will be staffed by health department nurses, who will offer health screenings, immunizations, healthy lifestyle advice and information on other health department programs, Mesenburg said, although at some locations, immunizations may be available only for adults.
Immunizations are offered at the health department and by the Care-A-Van, too.
"This is just another point of service to be able to provide immunizations," Mesenburg said.
The nurses will be able to do individual health assessments, taking information such as blood pressure, pulse and what medications the clients are using, Mesenburg said.
Schade will be meeting with trustees from the various townships and letters will be going out to explain the proposal for the clinics.