Monday, March 23, 2009

Where do the Uninsured Go for Healthcare?

There are so many people without health insurance in today's economy. People who lose jobs, lose their health insurance. If they have children, then their children go without health insurance as well.

There are so many reasons this is a bad situation, but there's help for those who live in Charlotte, North Carolina!

Fellow Humanitarian, She-Ra and Community Activist, Donna Murray Lacey, executive director of CVIM (The Charlotte Volunteers in Medicine Clinic) and staff, along with community partners, will be observing Cover the Uninsured Week providing free vision screening; open to the public, on Wednesday, March 25th at the clinic's site at 1315 Beatties Ford Road from 5pm - 8pm. They will also have a community outreach on Friday, March 27th from 10am - 2pm with several health screenings and health education sessions at The Greenville Center located at 1330 Spring Street.

In North Carolina, almost 1.3 million people are without health insurance. Cover the Uninsured Week is a project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This is a nationally recognized week that helps build support and provide awareness to America's uninsured.

Early detection is the key to living a long and healthy life. Screenings provided during this event may provide a path to a proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Educational materials provided will equip the community with the proper tools and resources necessary to make wise and healthy decisions.

Volunteers will be on hand to provide prostate cancer screening and HIV screening. In addition, our community partners will provide health and wellness information. Our partners include: Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, The McCrorey YMCA, Prevent Blindness North Carolina, Mecklenburg County Health Department, National Marrow Donor Program, American Stroke/American Heart Association, State Farm Insurance 50 Million Pound Challenge, Total Touch Chiropractic Wellness Center, Metrolina AIDS Project, Pfizer Pharmaceutical, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of North Carolina.

CVIM is committed to helping residents of Mecklenburg County who do not have health insurance coverage and continues to have a major impact within Charlotte-Mecklenburg County.

CVIM is credited for changing peoples' attitudes about their health and healthcare delivery and has been covered by media such as: V101.9, Q92.7, WFAE, WGIV, News 14 Carolina, WSOC-TV, Pride Magazine, The Charlotte Observer, The Charlotte Post and Advance for Physician Assistants.

Please support us and our partners as we support the community to bridge the health gap. For more information about CVIM and its vision of service to Charlotte-Mecklenburg's uninsured or to inquire about becoming a donor, partner or volunteer, please visit Donna M. Lacey at 704-350-1300.

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