Georgia: Free Clinic Continues to Flourish
December 21, 2011
More than seven years after Dr. Charles Moore began setting up mobile health clinics in some of Atlanta's poorest neighborhoods, his idea has blossomed into a free clinic in the city's northwest section that serves some 600 people a month. This year, the HEALing Community Care Center added a new $1.2 million, 6,000-square foot clinic; pediatric and OB-GYN care; evening clinics; comprehensive care for people living with HIV/AIDS; and other services. "We address the entire person," said Moore, a surgeon at Grady Memorial Hospital and Emory Healthcare. "If someone isn't working and they can't afford food, does it really make sense to give them a prescription they can't afford?" Next year the clinic, which is set up at the nonprofit City of Refuge, plans to add dental services. Moore also has plans to start a garden to grow produce for people in the area, where the nearest grocery store is a 45-minute bus ride away. The center also has been able to hire medical assistants and other staff this year to supplement the efforts of about 60 volunteer professionals.
12.12.2011; Misty Williams
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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