Our Services and Commitments
Since our beginning in 2000, we have screened over 5000 people
through monthly health fairs and a major annual health fair. We held our first
annual health fair in October 2000. At this health fair, CCN organized local
physicians, dentists, clergy, nurses and community advocates to provide
screening and education for HIV/AIDS, hypertension, diabetes,
hypercholesterolemia, prostate cancer and gingivitis. We moved to a larger
location last year with approximately 80 physicians & dentists and nearly
300 nurses and community advocates conducting screening and education to
approximately 2000 participants.
We are making plans to expand services to the Delta Region and Black Belt
counties including Lowndes and Macon. Over 31% of the population of Lowndes and
Macon Counties live at or below the poverty level. These people who live in the
most rural and remote areas of counties, lack funds or adequate transportation,
and have no hospitals or medical facilities for basic medical care. This
prevents them from seeking care until it becomes an expensive emergency or
crisis situation. There are few physicians and no hospitals in these counties.
The mobile unit will help us reach the needy in these counties and in the rural
areas of Montgomery County.
unit will have exam rooms, lab, waiting room, front office and a storage area
for supplies. Plans are to take this unit out to Lowndes and Macon Counties
twice each week, using volunteer physicians, nurses and other healthcare
workers. CCN could then offer treatment along with screenings and education,
thus eliminating trips to emergency rooms in Montgomery for primary care. The
mobile unit would be used in Montgomery County at the bi-weekly health fairs.
This mobile unit will be a great asset to out target population medical
community in general, by helping to reduce the financial burden that plagues our
current health care delivery system.