Fordland Clinic: Prioritizing women’s health needs

Fordland ClinicHealthcare, The Right Time program

At the Fordland Clinic, we prioritize the health needs of the women in our communities. We offer a variety of services that can help women feel their best.

We offer free or low-cost birth control to those who need it through The Right Time program, which is a six-year initiative that is based on the simple belief that everyone should have the opportunity to pursue the future they want. The Right Time program seeks to empower individuals to take control of their own health by improving information about, and removing barriers to, contraceptive services, recognizing that decisions always rest with the patient.

Fordland Clinic and The Right Time program offer several resources:

  • Access to all methods of birth control
  • Free or low-cost birth control to those who need it
  • HIV testing
  • Women’s wellness
  • Pregnancy testing and services

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the United States. The Show Me Healthy Women (SMHW) through the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services aims to reduce that risk with early detection and intervention. Through that program, we offer free breast and cervical cancer screenings for Missouri women who meet the following guidelines:

  • Income at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level for household income, and
  • Age 35 to 64, or older if they do not receive Medicare Part B, and
  • No insurance to cover program services

Another serious concern for women’s health is heart disease, which is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, accounting for 1 in every 4 deaths. The WISEWOMAN (Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for Women Across the Nation) program was created to help women understand and reduce their risk for heart disease and stroke by providing services to promote lasting heart-healthy lifestyles. Working with low-income, uninsured and underinsured women aged 40 to 64 years, the program provides heart disease and stroke risk factor screenings and services that promote healthy behaviors. The WISEWOMAN program currently is administered through CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP).

  • We offer following clinical screenings:
    • Heart disease and stroke risk factor screenings (blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, body mass index also known as BMI, and smoking)
    • Health risk assessment
    • Medical history
    • Risk reduction counseling
    • Follow-up for patients with heart disease and stroke risk factors (after health risk assessment and risk reduction counseling, if needed)
  • We offer the following support services:
    • Health coaching
    • Evidence-based lifestyle programs that address nutrition and physical activity
    • Community-based resources that address individual risk factors and support lifestyle change

For more information about these services and how to get connected to care, call any of the following locations:

  • Fordland: 417-767-2273
  • Kimberling City: 417-739-1995
  • Springfield: 417-767-2273