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Donation boosts CHHS local health outreach

The UNC Charlotte College of Health and Human Services is elevating ongoing efforts to address health disparities in the area following a $44,000 donation from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina. The donation will fund an on-site graduate assistant, health risk screenings and exercise programming at a north Charlotte community center that serves low-income Hispanic clients.

The clients at the Bethesda Health Center, housed in the Camino Community Center in Charlotte, are almost exclusively Latino or Hispanic; 35 percent of those that take advantage of the free clinic have diabetes. Bethesda is a free clinic serving low-income, uninsured people in Mecklenburg County. The nonprofit provides adult primary care, diabetes and hypertension management and health education programs. Bethesda has served more than 3,500 patients and provided health fairs as well as more than 8,500 doctor visits since it opened its doors in 2004.

“We're really listening to what the community needs are, what they're most passionate about, worried about and pairing that perfectly with what we can do to help,” said Nancy Fey-Yensan, dean of the College of Health and Human Services.