Care and Community Health Centers

This past week-end, I participated in a tour of locations for a local community health center.  This operation receives thousands of patient visits each year.  All of the care given to patients is free; including pharmaceuticals and medical supplies.

During this event, I had the opportunity to speak with a number of other like-minded people supporting this organization.  From health care professionals to stay-at-home moms, the diverse nature of this group reflected a deeper sense of connection to the mission of this free clinic.  This particular organization specializes in serving the homeless but I see all types of clinics serving all types of people. 

This week I met with another organization that survives on volunteer time and in-kind contributions.  This organization matches people in need with medical specialists from around the community.  Over 900 physicians volunteer their time to help those less fortunate; cardiologists, neurologists, radiologists, endocrinologists etc.  So far this year, they have helped over 1300 people find care that they could not otherwise afford.  Many of their conditions are life threatening. 

The common bonds are still greater than the differences.  It is easy to see when you focus on our most basic needs.  Care for others is still a great uniting force.

Learn more at the National Association of Community Health Centers.  If you are interested in giving of your time and talent, you can find community health centers in your area at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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