Charity Network Launches 30-Day Fundraiser for Safety Net Clinic Relief
The fundraiser, which aims to raise at least $30,000 in donations to ease the strain that has descended on Georgia's charity clinics since the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, will begin today and run through April 22. Raised funds will go directly toward helping GCCN members around the state - of which there are nearly 100 – with technology and supply needs. Well-known metro-area clinics like Good Samaritan Health Center of Atlanta and the Center for Black Women's Wellness are members of GCCN.
Among its many other roles, GCCN serves as the appropriating body for designated funds from the state government, which has provided $2.3 million to free and charity clinics as of December, 2019. According to Holly Lang, health economist and GCCN Board Chair, since 2016 Georgia's charity clinics have provided care to 240,000 patients at a cost to taxpayers of just $9.52 per patient.
With businesses closed and people out of work, Lang says, life gets even harder for the one third of Georgians already living within 200 percent of the poverty level. The clinics' "already-strained resources are further stressed at a time they are needed most," Lang continues. "As a safety net provider, clinics are often integrated with the resources that help support all facets of a patient's life."
Those wishing to make a donation to the fundraiser should visit https://bit.ly/