Jenna Jerger and Rebecca Boyd from Health First Community Health Center, in studio, July 12, 2018
Jenna Jerger, Marketing Director, and Rebecca Boyd, Outreach Specialist, from Health First Community Health Center were in studio Thursday morning to talk to WPKY about their location in Princeton and the services they offer.
Jenna told listeners that Health First had a ribbon cutting Thursday morning at their Princeton location at 1100 South Jefferson Street to celebrate one year of serving the people of Caldwell County. Jenna went on to say that Health First serves five counties and has seven locations that strive to meet the overall needs of each of their patients. Health First, which is a 501c3 non-profit organization, offers primary care, behavioral health care, women’s health care, prenatal care, pediatrics, dermatology, nutrition counseling, diabetic eye screenings, x-rays, medication management therapy, prescription discount programs, case management, and enabling and outreach services. They also have a referral service if a practitioner decides a patient needs to visit a specialist. While not every location has each service, patients are able to travel to a location that will fit their needs. Some practitioners can also meet with patients at their local health center. Practitioners on staff at the Princeton location include Dr. Jami Perry, Chelsea Akins, Nurse Practitioner, Amanda Ortt, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, and Alison Choate, Registered Dietician and Diabetes Educator.
Rebecca then told listeners about Health First’s Sliding Fee Program which is a way to help those who don’t have insurance, or those who have high deductibles, afford the care they need. The program is based on income and household size and consists of four classes based on Federal Poverty Guidelines that determine how much a patient will pay. She did express that Health First does take patients regardless of their insurance status, but has programs that can help those who qualify. She stated that they also have programs that help make the cost of prescriptions more affordable. Jenna also mentioned that they do have a Connector on staff who can help patients sign up for Medicare.
Jenna then told listeners that Health First is governed by a Board of Directors that is mostly made up of clinic users from the counties they serve so patients are the ones making the decisions for the center. She did mention that they are looking for representation from Caldwell County and anyone interested in sitting on the board can contact the center.
The Princeton location is open Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 8AM to 5PM, Wednesdays from 7AM to 6PM, and Fridays from 8AM to 3PM and can be reached at 270-365-9455 or at 1-877-667-7017. You can also find more information, including new patient paperwork, online at healthfirstchc.net.
You can catch the full interview with Jenna Jerger and Rebecca Boyd below.