With the novel coronavirus pandemic creating challenges for hospitals and medical clinics, many patients are experiencing difficulty making or attending appointments.
For residents of rural Missouri, barriers to high-quality health care are nothing new. Seeing a provider is often complicated. There’s usually a long wait between scheduling and the appointment. Then there’s the long drive to a medical facility, which requires taking time off work.
Devon Schatz-Schlottach is determined to help change that.
The Sullivan, Missouri, native graduated from the University of Missouri–St. Louis College of Nursing in August 2019 with a doctor of nursing practice degree. Through her work at a health clinic and long-term care facilities near Sullivan, she sees firsthand the challenges rural patients face.