Erie Community Health Center will offer pregnancy testing services on a walk-in basis starting Monday.

It’s part of the center’s expansion into prenatal care services, which will be provided by a new Erie staffer, Dr. Elizabeth Marsh, who will also provide well-woman care and family planning services.

Marsh, a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology, received her medical degree from Rush University in Chicago and completed her obstetrics and gynecology residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

The federal government’s Department of Health and Human Services recommends that women begin receiving prenatal care during the first trimester so providers can identify and address potential issues as early as possible.

The new pregnancy testing service will include counseling, benefits assistance and linkage to Erie as a medical home.

Erie also provides immunizations, dental and physical exams and sports physicals to make sure children start school healthy and ready to learn.

Dental exams are required for students entering kindergarten and second and sixth grades.

Physical exams are required for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, sixth grade and before entering high school, as well as for all students who are new to the school district.

Parents can call 847-666-3494 to make an appointment.

Construction is continuing on Erie’s new permanent location on Hartrey Avenue in Evanston with move-in there scheduled for November. Until then the center is operating from the Evanston Civic Center at 2100 Ridge Ave.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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