Washington Post: "In North Carolina, Recession Breeds Health Care Crisis: Job Losses Leave State With Highest Percentage of Uninsured." Article quotes Brian Toomey, who runs Piedmont Health Clinic, which has a branch in Moncure. Despite dramatically higher demand since October, 2008, funding had dropped and he feared he'd have to cut staff. But thanks to the economic stimulus money, he can retain 10 to 15 positions. "In all, North Carolina community health centers have received $11.2 million in stimulus money." The article describes the people for whom the clinics are lifelines.
Since the Chatham Changemakers retreat in January, our group has been doing research on local, state, and federal health care programs and proposals.
We are considering going door-to-door to support and explain the Obama health care plan when it becomes available. We'd like to use the Obama volunteers from the campaign and provide them with a synopsis of the plan along with talking points.
A group of us gathered on March 12 at
the Community Health and Advocacy Office in Pittsboro to view and
discuss the 60-minute documentary, "Unnatural Causes," about the connection between wealth and health. Excerpt:
We'd like for more people in Chatham County to see this powerful video.
We've met with the Chatham County Public Health Department, Walmart, the Chatham County library (to see what kind of materials they have), senior citizens (to see what services are available to them in Chatham County) and the public schools (to see what kind of health care they are providing). We've learned about the Piedmont Health Services, which provides discounted health care for people without insurance, and has clinics in Moncure and Siler City.
Several of us have volunteered with the public health department.
Ken Boggs will help with IT consulting
Kitty Griffith will help with PR and communications
Mary Lucas will help organize volunteers for specific projects
Fred Sparling will serve on the Health Dept. Board and on the Healthy Chatham Task Force Board.
Joyce Sparling will work with Vanessa Farrar on the survey focus for rural areas.
Chatham County citizens interested in health care reform are encouraged to visit President Obama's new website devoted to health care reform, www.healthreform.gov, where you can post your support for change this year.