Sherburne County spreading the word on Kids Klinic

by Paul Rignell

Contributing writer

Sherburne County Public Health wants to build awareness of a program that provides screenings for youth from under- or uninsured families, and the department has turned to social media, particularly Facebook, to reach more parents whose children are in need.

Reach the page on that website for the “Sherburne County Child and Teen Checkup program,” and you would find one recent update on combating tooth decay, in honor of Children’s Dental Health Month.

Beyond social media, families on MinnesotaCare or Medical Assistance may schedule checkups for children from birth to age 20 that can include full physical exams with screenings for vision, hearing and dental health. A visit may also include immunizations, health education and nutritional assessments.

Appointments in the county “Kids Klinic” are available 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Staff will see only children who are “well,” meaning the parents of any children who have been hit by colds or other illness will be asked to reschedule or get referred elsewhere.

Family fees for the county service are based on Medicaid eligibility, but services will not be denied for inability to pay.

For more on Kids Klinic appointments, call 763-765-4000.