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  • Stephanie Elverd | May 2, 2023

    EAST PALESTINE — When the Norfolk Southern train derailed on Feb. 3, the Community Action Agency of Columbiana County (CAACC) was among the responding agencies, providing mobile medical care immediately and later joining forces with the Ohio Department of Health to provide care to residents at the East Palestine Health Assessment Clinic in the days following the disaster.

    The agency is returning to the village this month to offer its services again as the village struggles to return to normal in the aftermath of the rail disaster.

    “We were there in East Palestine after the Feb. 3 train derailment and fire by offering our mobile unit and services at the Ohio Department of Health’s-sponsored Health Assessment Clinic, and we have made the commitment to continue to be there for those residents who want and need our services,” said Jenna Wonner, chief operating officer of the CAACC.

    According to a press release from the agency on Monday, “CAACC’s Health, Behavioral Health and Dental Centers Mobile Unit will be making East Palestine its home for a couple days each week starting this month.” The mobile unit will be set up in the parking lot at the First Church of Christ in East Palestine, located at 20 W. Martin St., to provide medical services on Mondays beginning May 8.

    “We’re going to be there on Mondays to offer East Palestine and surrounding area residents some of our primary health services, such as physicals, health check/well child exams, sick visits and lab services,” said Wonner. “We’re thankful to Pastor Bob Helbeck and his congregation at the First Church of Christ for allowing us to have our mobile unit centrally located in East Palestine. This makes it easier for residents to access

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