Health and Human Services to the Kirksville Community
In the city of Kirksville, Missouri nearly 38% of the population is below the poverty line, in comparison to the state average of 14.6%. In addition to the problems that plague those in poverty, housing is a fundamental concern to their safety and well-being. While Truman State University provides a health clinic to its students, this resource is also not available to residents of the Kirksville community. Recently the Planned Parenthood in Kirksville was closed. Planned Parenthood provided numerous services including: birth control, body image counseling, emergency contraception, general health care, men's sexual health, pregnancy (physical and psychological services), relationship counseling, sex and sexuality counseling, sexually transmitted disease testing and women's health. The closing of this facility caused even further decline in the already poor health system of the community. We are petitioning that the city of Kirksville provide free health clinics and open Kirksville’s first homeless shelter to those in need. While we recognize the current financial difficulties of the city and state, the health and well being of Kirksville’s citizens should be at the forefront of policy decisions. This petition will be mailed and distributed electronically to appropriate representative on both the county, city and state levels. If you support our efforts to bring crucial services to the needy in Kirksville, please add your signature below.