Georgia: Hundreds Expected for Free Health Care Clinic in Macon
August 13, 2010
HIV screening is just one of the services to be offered at a free clinic targeting uninsured and homeless persons Saturday in Macon. Physicians will be on hand to perform full physical exams and prescribe medications, and local pastors will offer counseling and encouragement. Licensed therapists from River Edge Behavioral Health Center will assist those with issues such as depression and substance abuse, said Tiffany Russell, the center's community affairs manager. The free outreach is being presented by Arms of Care International, best known for running medical missions in Africa. The group, based in Riverdale, Ga., is "starting to see, with the recession and the crisis in unemployment, there is a need right here in their backyard," Russell said. The event will take place at Total Grace Baptist Church, 3686 Napier Ave. near Hillcrest Avenue. The doors will open at 10 a.m., and doctors will begin seeing patients at 11 a.m. Russell advised arriving early, as more than 300 people are expected to attend.
08.13.2010; Mike Stucka
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