March 07, 2024 | 2 minute read

Partnership with Healing Community Center exemplifies MedShare’s expanded support for Free & Charitable Clinics in the U.S.

ATLANTA, GA – In the heart of Atlanta, a transformative partnership has formed between MedShare International, Healing Community Center led by the visionary Dr. Charles E. Moore, and the Emory School of Medicine Urban Health Initiative. Our collaborative efforts will help the center continue to address the healthcare disparities that have plagued families and individuals historically denied access to quality medical services.

Healing Community Center, a beacon of hope as a federally qualified health center (FQHC), works tirelessly to break down economic, language, cultural, and geographic barriers that have long hindered healthcare access. Dr. Moore, the driving force behind the center, emphasized the importance of compassionate care and the need to reach those who had been left on the fringes of the healthcare system. “The key to true healing lies in extending our reach to those who have historically been neglected. This partnership is a significant step towards that goal,” said Dr. Moore.

The collaboration commences with an event utilizing a mobile clinic provided by Emory University’s Urban Health Initiative. “Medicine in the Streets” is scheduled for March 11 – 15. This initiative aims to bring healthcare directly to the communities that need it the most. The Emory School of Nursing will play a crucial role, offering physical examinations to individuals and families – many of whom have not seen a doctor in several years. MedShare, in turn, has committed to outfitting the mobile clinic with all necessary medical supplies for duration of the event.

In addition, the International Rescue Committee (IRC), an organization dedicated to supporting refugees and immigrants in Georgia, will join the effort and provide wraparound and translation services, ensuring that language barriers did not impede access to care.

Tammy Gustafsson Reasoner, Assistant Director for the Urban Health Initiative at Emory School of Medicine, expressed her enthusiasm for the partnership. “By reaching families where they are, we not only provide essential care but also bridge the gap between communities and healthcare resources. It’s a powerful approach that can make a lasting impact.”

MedShare’s involvement will extend well beyond the initial event. After a thorough needs assessment conducted by MedShare’s Biomed Training team, the organization will make every attempt to provide Healing Community Center clinics with specific medical supplies and equipment they need to help deliver the highest standard of care. To that end, MedShare is currently in the process of placing two ultrasound machines with the clinic as part of our Safe Birth Initiative, a collaboration with Philips Healthcare, to bolster the services provided through Healing Community Center’s maternal health program.

The Emory Urban Health Initiative, known for its commitment to health disparities education and advocacy, has found a long-term ally in MedShare. As they aim to stage similar events throughout the summer, MedShare will continue to help them take healthcare and educational resources directly to these low-resourced communities.

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