The centers offer quality health, education, social and community services to all patients regardless of their financial situation.

Story Highlights

  • Teresa Dabney is CEO of Community Health of East Tennessee, serving Campbell and surrounding counties east of the Appalachian Mountains.

The economic downturn from the coronavirus pandemic has left many Americans unable to afford medical insurance, large co-payments or deductibles. Fortunately, federally-funded community health centers provide a safety net for those unable to pay medical costs. The centers offer quality health, education, social and community services to all patients regardless of their financial situation and often exist as the only primary-care option in remote areas. Services they provide, such as sliding-scale payment plans, one-on-one assistance with free prescription drug programs, food banks and clothing closets, help families facing hard times.

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