To provide primary and episodic health care to the homeless and uninsured of Athens-Clarke County and Northeast Georgia. Homelessness, no healthcare insurance, and limited or no access to affordable healthcare, are growing concerns. Currently, Athens-Clarke County has a poverty rate of 28%. Athens-Clarke county also has a growing Hispanic community bringing additional concerns and healthcare challenges to our community. When healthcare is unavailable or inaccessible to individuals and families, the overall quality of life in the community is compromised.
Athens Nurses' Clinic is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) nurse-run organization providing free health care to the homeless and uninsured. Clients are eligible for services if they have no form of insurance. Clients with Medicare, Medicaid private and/or Veteran's Benefits are not eligible. Current staff includes nurse practitioners, a registered nurse, a clinic director, and a translator. Several local dentists also volunteer on a regular basis. A collaborating physician is available during clinic hours. The clinic was founded by and continues to be supported by the Athens Area Chapter of the Georgia Nurses Association. The clinic has been in operation since July 1991.
The Athens Nurses Clinic provides the following services:
- Acute Care
- Adult Immunizations
- PPD testing for residents of area shelters and others with potential exposure to a TB infected person
- Womens'Health including gynecological exams and breast exams
- Testing for sexually transmitted infections
- Chronic disease assessment and monitoring (Diabetes, Asthma, Hypertension, GERD)
- Medications as prescribed by Nurse Practitioner or Physician
- Lab services
- Health education, counseling, and referrals
- Dental Services including limited restorations, and extractions
In an effort to be efficient with community resources and provide continuity of care to clients, the clinic coordinates its efforts with many community agencies such as public and mental health, homeless shelters, substance abuse programs and other social services.
Support and funding comes from a variety of sources including both local hospitals, grants, individuals, church and civic groups.
Due to tightening social resource funds, the Clinic welcomes your tax-deductible donations.
Tax-deductible financial donations may be made to Athens Nurses Clinic, Inc. These donations are used for operating expenses and purchasing medications and supplies for clients.
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