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Urban Mission launches ‘Health and Hope’ wellness clinic outreach

STEUBENVILLE — Christina Bouchet said she was looking for a way to serve others and discovered a healthy way to do so.

The licensed practical nurse is offering her services as part of Urban Mission Ministries’ new “Health and Hope” wellness ministry outreach that kicked off this month. The first one was held Feb. 5.

The next one is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Bouchet will provide free basic health screenings to the community from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of the month in a nurse’s station area created at Unity Kitchen, 301 N. Fifth St.

“The name of the program is ‘Health and Hope,’ and we’re promoting good health and giving people hope along the way,” Bouchet said of the outreach where she will provide basic services such as educational materials, local resources and basic health screenings such as blood pressure monitoring, heart rate, blood glucose readings, basic wound care and vision checks.

Bouchet resides in Mingo Junction with her husband, Justin, and two children. She is a graduate of the Jefferson County Christian School and graduated from the LPN program at Belmont Community College. She works at a local long-term care facility and also is a travel nurse.

“I’m set up here with my blood pressure cuff and all my equipment and if anyone wants to come back and get checked out, I can screen them, let them know what their blood pressure is for the day and if there’s anything that’s out of my element or something I can’t treat here, I’ve got some community resources that I can link them to such as the Ohio Valley Health Center and Family Recovery,” Bouchet said on the initial start day.

The clinic is open to walk-ins with no appointments necessary.

The mission’s February newsletter note, “The goal of this clinic is to show the love and grace of God through simply caring for those among us who feel forgotten.

“The clinic will be a bridge for clients to receive resources and education to better their lives and their family’s lives.”

For information, call the mission at 740-283-8010.

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