May 21st, 2020 -
For almost 50 years, Planned Parenthood South Atlantic (PPSAT) has been serving the residents of Charlotte and the surrounding Mecklenburg County with compassionate, nonjudgmental care including preventive services like birth control, lifesaving breast and cervical cancer screenings, and sexual health education. Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading provider and advocate of high-quality, affordable health care for women, men, and young people, as well as the nation’s largest provider of sex education.
As you can imagine, PPSAT has been following the COVID-19 crisis closely, and their practices are being adapted to best serve their clients at this time. Reproductive health care is essential care, even during a pandemic, and due to extra precautions and their ability to quickly pivot, the doors of their new health and education facility located in midtown Charlotte have remained open throughout the chaos.
"Planned Parenthood South Atlantic is proud to to keep our doors open to...
May 18th, 2020 -
Written by Sarah Fligel
For Rusty Price, founder of Camino Community Center, it’s the faces of those his organization serves that fuels his passion to help during these difficult times.
He describes delivering food recently to a single mom of four who was laid off during COVID-19. “You would’ve thought they had just won the lottery,” he says. “Mom is crying; the kids are jumping up and down. It’s that swing from desperation to hope … that’s enough to keep us going.”
And the Camino Community Center is certainly going. Normally, Price says, about 600 people a month rely on the center’s food pantry. In the month of April, that number ballooned to 11,200. In just one week, the pantry exceeded its annual capacity of serving individuals, providing food to over 6,600 people. At one point, more than 2,000 people were on the waiting list, according to Price.
It’s that overwhelming demand that has caused Camino to expand its pantry services from two to four days a week,...
May 14th, 2020 -
Access to care is a gamble right now but for the roughly 168,000 uninsured Mecklenburg County residents this is the norm. Thanks to Charlotte Community Health Clinic patients can continue to be served despite the barriers and fears due to COVID-19.
In fact, the Chief Medical Officer creatively reorganized the staff into different clinical outreach teams: Homeless, Pediatric, Geriatric, Chronic Disease, etc.
“These clinical teams are reaching out to our patients to let them know: we are still here, we can serve you, we can support you,” Jennifer Frey explains. “We are almost back to seeing the same volume of patients, as prior to the pandemic, because of implementing telehealth services. If a patient needs to be seen in our office, we have them come in. For instance, all newborn visits require the mother and child to be seen in our office, so we’ve adjusted our schedule for them to be the first patients seen before anyone else has been in the clinic, therefore...
May 13th, 2020 -
The Lake Norman Community Health Clinic has been providing quality healthcare at no cost to uninsured people in Mecklenburg County for 22 years. So when a global pandemic hit home, they didn't miss a beat. In fact, they were so proactive that they were a model to FEMA and clinics in other states for how to best serve patients during an unprecedented health crisis.
"We had to close our lobby to patients to protect our staff and the potential spread of the coronavirus," says LNCHC Co-Founder and Executive Director April Cook. "By going to a telehealth model, we could continue to take care of patients' prescription refills and provide virtual medical care and overall wellness checks."
Telehealth, or telemedicine, allows medical personnel to engage in secure communications with patients outside the clinic through texting and video chats over phones and other devices.
For a clinic that serves Mecklenburg County, which has at least 120,000 uninsured residents, being...