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Thursday, October 15, 2009

A free clinic in LR

Posted By on Thu, Oct 15, 2009 at 6:13 AM

I received several pieces of interesting and encouraging mail overnight in response to my call for Little Rock to enthusiastically enlist in the campaign to hold a mass free medical clinic in the city, as a national organization hopes to do.

One note came from a worker in Little Rock's existing free clinic, the Harmony Clinic.

I am a member of the board of directors for Harmony Health Clinic, which is the only member clinic of the National Association of Free Clinics in Little Rock.  We are delighted that the NAFC is planning to host a free clinic here in Little Rock, and we hope that this calls some much-needed attention to the health and financial crises that all too many members of our very own community face as result of being uninsured or underinsured.  The need is tremendous, and it will continue to be so until the implementation of significant reforms to our current health care system.   In the meantime, clinics like ours are left to try to fill the void at a time when economic conditions have made the availability of funding for programs like ours harder to come by and the demand for our services greater than ever.
 
The NAFC's free clinic event will help hundreds, if not thousands, but just for a day.  It will call attention to the shameful crisis that faces our community and our country, but just for a day.  It is my hope that Little Rock will step up and offer support not only for this worthy event, but for what Harmony Health Clinic and other free clinics in Arkansas are doing, and what we will continue to do until there is no longer a need for our services. 
 
To learn more about Harmony Health Clinic, please visit www.harmonyclinicar.org.  It costs us approximately $51 to care for one medical patient, and $22 to care for one dental patient, so even relatively small donations go a long way toward making a difference. 
 
Amy Johnson

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