Surgeon General Promotes Community Health Centers

United States Surgeon General Regina Benjamin visited in Atlanta Monday to promote the efforts of community health centers.

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

…Benjamin was in town to help kick off National Health Center Week. In the morning she spoke to a group of local health care professionals and state officials about the impact of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, or stimulus, and the Affordable Care Act in supporting community health centers.

Later, she made a stop at the Bronner Bros. International Hair Show — not to get her hair done, but to encourage women to exercise without the fear of messing up their hair.

“In Georgia, just like the rest of the South, there is a tremendous need for community health centers,” Benjamin said. “Everybody is hurting, but as we look, things are starting to get a little better. Things are improving slowly.”

Benjamin said that $2 billion has been set aside to help fund community health centers, which treat about 2.5 million people annually.

Georgia has 26 community health centers, which saw 275,743 patients in 2008.

There are seven centers in metro Atlanta, including West End.

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