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January 28, 2010

Next Week's CARE Clinic

While the debate over health care reform continues on the national level, many of us in the health care field are acutely aware of the need for change. We have all seen too many patients struggle to cover costs or worse yet, go without care because of economic pressures.

Next Wednesday, we will proudly join more than 1,000 other volunteers, including several from the Health Center community, in providing free care for local men and women who do not have insurance. Organized by the National Association of Free Clinics, this one-day event is called the Communities Are Responding Everyday (CARE) clinic, and it will be held from noon until 7 p.m. at the Convention Center in Hartford. This is the fifth in a series of CARE clinics that have been held across the country. To date, the demand for services in all of the other cities has been overwhelming.

The goal of the CARE clinic is to not only provide immediately-needed medical attention but to also connect participants with local resources that can help them maintain regular health care. Iím pleased to say that Dr. Gould and the Connecticut AHEC have been very involved in the organization and planning of this event.

There is still a need for medical and non-medical volunteers. If you would like to join us, please visit http://freeclinics.us.

Also, if you know of patients, friends or family-members who are without insurance and would benefit from this event, please encourage them to register by calling 877-233-5159 or by visiting www.regonline.com/ctcare.

Sincerely,
 
Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D.
Vice President for Health Affairs
Dean, UConn School of Medicine

 
Bruce Gould, M.D.
Professor and Associate Dean for Primary Care, UConn School of Medicine
Director, Connecticut Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Program
Medical Director, Department of Health and Human Services, City of Hartford