National Community Health Center Week Brings Out A Large Crowd In Kinston

By: Kelsie Smith
By: Kelsie Smith

A number of organizations filled the Kinston Community Health Center to provide help information about area health services for those in need.

Members of the Brody School of Medicine were giving out information about communicable diseases and offered free testing. The American Red Cross and other outreach groups were there to show their support.

Carla Pellerin, CEO of the Kinston Community Health Center stressed how important it is for people to know there is affordable health care. "Community health services are so important because we are the safety net we allow people from all walks of life, including those who have insurance and those who don’t have insurance to have a place to go,” said Pellerin. “When you come to our center if you are uninsured you can get a slide scale discount so we slide your fee based on your ability to pay."

There are 141 community health care sites across the state.

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  • by keshiakelso Location: ca on Aug 13, 2011 at 09:32 PM
    People should never forget that real health depends how well you take care of yourself and not what health insurance you carry but I agree health insurance is important for every one. Search "Penny Health" or online for dollar a day insurance plans.
  • by jake on Aug 13, 2011 at 08:31 PM
    all participants should be sterilized so they cannot produce more kids.if they use the system because they cannot pay ,how can they pay for more kids health care? just another burden on society.
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      by Thank You, Jake on Aug 14, 2011 at 06:13 AM in reply to jake
      Now if only the rest of society would accept the truth and inact a law that forbids unregulated births.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 13, 2011 at 06:42 PM
    Yeah but the crappy customer service and extremely long wait makes me choose to stay sick at home sometimes...
  • by Carla B. Pellerin Location: Kinston on Aug 13, 2011 at 05:10 PM
    Thanks WITN for excellent coverage today. Your support increases community awareness and for that we are grateful.

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