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|Public Meeting on Proposed Federally-Qualified Health Clinic Wednesday Morning
|The Knox County Health Department says it needs the public's assistance in helping to shape the focus of the proposed conversion of the health department's community health clinic, into a federally-qualified health clinic.
The Health Department is hosting a breakfast and community meeting Wednesday morning starting at 7:30 at the Kensington, where Community Health Improvement Director Michele Fishburn says the public will get to hear about the why a clinic may be needed and what exactly it is, and give input on what, if anything, they'd like to see in such a clinic.
Fishburn tells WGIL getting public input is crucial to the process. "We wouldn't want to open up a community health clinic and put, just for a random example, a podiatrist in there, if there wasn't a need in the community for people to have access to a podiatrist," Fishburn said. "We would rather have exactly what the community needs in there."
Fishburn tells WGIL she wants to make sure any clinic, if it's approved, addresses other health-related concerns the public has otherwise possibly had trouble with.
"Do they have trouble filling prescriptions, for example," Fishburn said. "Some people will have health care coverage but they won't have prescription coverage. People have trouble getting into a pediatrician or a specialist, or is it regular family health care they have issues with."
Fishburn says a consultant the health department has been working with will be on hand Wednesday morning to help conduct a survey related to the proposed federally-qualified clinic, and lead the discussion.
The meeting and breakfast is free. Fishburn says residents can stay either as long as they want, or for the full length of the meeting, which will run from 8am to 11am.
|01 26 10 by Newsroom
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