Bloomington health clinic stresses preventive care during COVID

A local nonprofit health center is stressing the importance of annual check-ups and health screenings after the COVID-19 pandemic caused a significant decline nationwide in the use of preventive health services.

“We want people to come in before they’re really seriously ill. We don’t want preventive care to go by the wayside. We don’t want early diagnosis to go by the wayside,” Nancy Richman, community engagement director of HealthNet Bloomington Health Center, told The Herald-Times.

The nonprofit health center has dental, medical and mental health services now available to anyone regardless of age, income or insurance coverage status.

Pandemic emphasized importance of preventive care

The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated a decreased use of health services for ongoing preventive and routine health care, according to a 2021 study published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.