Sun May 22, 2022

Health department funding has plummeted over decade; Columbus not alone

Director Kim Smith prepares the upcoming budget for the Columbus County Health Department in her office. Staff photo by Ivey Schofield

For more than a decade, Columbus County women have had fewer and fewer affordable options to test themselves for breast and cervical cancer, according to Elizabeth Kinlaw, an adult health nurse for the Columbus County Health Department. 

“There’s no help for them,” Kinlaw said. 

Kinlaw has been working for

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