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Mercy Care to celebrate National Health Center Week
by Staff Reports
August 06, 2014 04:09 PM | 1222 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Mercy Care, formerly St. Joseph’s Mercy Care Services, which last year provided medical, dental, behavioral health, vision and diagnostic services for more than 13,000 patients, will celebrate National Health Center Week Saturday through Aug. 15 with fairs, health screenings and a flash mob aimed at showing the benefits of health clinics and the Affordable Health Care program.

Mercy Care, which was founded in 1985 by the Sisters of Mercy, will host a pediatric health and carnival event at City of Refuge Clinic, 1300 Joseph E. Boone Blvd. Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. In addition to pediatric immunizations (perfect for back to school), there will be dental services as well as a carnival, games and food for the children.

Aug. 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will be HealthCare for the Homeless Health Screening event at Mercy Care’s headquarters at 424 Decatur St.

Among the services available for the homeless are: adult health screening, HIV and behavioral health and case management. In addition to lunch provided, there will be an advocacy table to collect patient stories as well as voter registration.

A flash mob will take place at Woodruff Park Aug. 15 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Many in the mob will hold signs of those who now have health care thanks to the Affordable Care Act and advocating for those who remain in the coverage gap due to Georgia’s refusal to expand Medicaid. Among the signs that will be held by participants include: We March for Healthcare for All, Expand Medicaid Now, Real People. Real Lives and Access to Care for All.

National Health Center Week was established more than 45 years ago to celebrate community health centers that deliver comprehensive, high-quality preventive and primary health care to patients regardless of their ability to pay. Community health care centers, such as Mercy Care, are where millions of Americans, including some of the nation’s most vulnerable populations, receive their primary health care.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than 21 million patients are annually served (including four million new patients in the past four years) by the 1,200 health centers and 9,000 health center services sites in the U.S. Overall, they serve one out of every 16 persons living in the U.S., including one in four individuals living below the poverty line and one in six uninsured persons.

Information: www.mercycareservices.org
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