Howard Provides Care to Uninsured At Region-Wide Free Clinic

WASHINGTON (Aug. 3) -- Faculty, physicians, students and staff with the Howard University College of Medicine and Howard University Hospital will participate in a massive, one-day free clinic Wednesday in downtown Washington to aid the region’s uninsured. 

Howard volunteers will join hundreds of others clinicians from throughout the metropolitan area to provide a variety of free health care services at the Communities Are Responding Everyday Clinic (C.A.R.E). The clinic will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW.  

The volunteers will provide a variety of free care, including dentistry, screening for diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and HIV/AIDS, and physical examinations.  So far, 700 patients have registered to be seen by doctors and more than 800 volunteers have signed on.

Howard participants include Dr. Shelly McDonald-Pinkett, chair of the Department of Internal Medicine; Dr. Andrea Bonnik, chair of the Department of Dentistry, and her post-graduate trainees; Dr. Debra White-Coleman, Dr. Roxanne Smith-White and Dr. Clyde Freeman, all of the Division of General Internal Medicine, Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick of Infectious Diseases, who has enlisted medical students Juliana Llano, Silvia Gesheva, Dani Hairston, Nadia Yusuf and Rachel Jeanty; Jeanette Gibbs-DeShields, executive director of the University’s Faculty Practice Plan (FPP); Lindsay Conn, FPP business development director,  and more than a dozen residents, attending physicians and staff from the Department of Community and Family Medicine.

“This is important and we at Howard University are pleased to participate,” McDonald-Pinkett said.  “This effort reflects the mission of the College of Medicine and the hospital, which is to serve the underserved and to eliminate health care disparities.”

This will be the seventh in a series of large, mostly one-day C.A.R.E. Clinics held around the country to bring together physicians, other health care professionals and non-medical volunteers to serve the needs of thousands of people who might otherwise go without medical care. Since September 2009, more than 8,000 uninsured patients have received treatment at C.A.R.E. Clinics in Atlanta, Hartford, Conn., Houston, New Orleans, Little Rock, Ark., and Kansas City, Mo.

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