A new report by the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation says that nearly half of Minnesota children struggle with challenges ranging from poverty and inadequate health care to lack of childhood immunizations. The report, summarized in the Star Tribune on Sept. 8, pinpoints 15 counties throughout our state—most in greater Minnesota—where kids face the toughest obstacles.
Such obstacles can prove even more detrimental to children who have complex or rare medical conditions and require care from multiple specialists. Often, accessing the care they need can mean hours of drive time, on a frequent basis, to an urban center. But barriers to care are sometimes more than just physical. Our families tell us that driving long distances isn’t the only problem. Many are uncomfortable driving in the city. And then there are travel expenses.
This is why Gillette brings Minnesota kids the care they need —in their home communities. We operate 18 statewide Outreach Clinics, 15 of those in smaller cities or rural areas in greater Minnesota. It’s all part of our commitment to give children access to the specialty care they need to thrive—no matter where they live. In fact, more than two-thirds of our families tell us they would have to drive more than 100 miles to receive care if it wasn’t for our Outreach Clinics.
Click here to learn more about Gillette’s Outreach services and view a map of clinic locations.