|Healthcare Halo. You did it President Obama!|
President Obama's healthcare bill, The Affordable Care Act was finally passed by the Supreme Court justices. One day later, Councilmember Marion Barry will kickoff the Ward 8 Health Summit on June 29 at 9am.
|Stress Reduction Summit. Is one day enough?|
While I don't want to diminish President Obama's victory, I do want to question how Obamacare will be implemented at the local level. Can Mayor Gray and Marion Barry implement a healthcare plan that improves the quality of life? Will we see an increase in preventive health options, healthy food and stress reduction resources like yoga?
The last time I went into a public health clinic in Anacostia, I felt icky as soon as I sat down on the seats. HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis pamphlets were strewn across the counters. Less than friendly staff members greeted you and called out patrons' names as if they were in line for deli meat.
|Icky healthcare clinic -Location unknown|
The current healthcare climate in Anacostia is depressing and strips even the most confident person of all their dignity. If you are poor and black, trying to access healthcare should not feel like walking through a bathroom in a bus station! It's time to go further than financial reprieve.
Instead of focusing just on HIV/AIDS treatment, I call on President Barry Obama and Councilman Marion Barry to fund innovative health studios, affordable healthy eateries and intensive psychological counseling services.
America's health situation is deplorable, so something had to shift. But the shift must go in the right direction- prevention and implementation. Not just treatment and financial reimbursement.
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East of the River Health Resources
United Medical Center- Emergency Medical Care
1310 Southern Ave SE
Unity Health Care- Anacostia (Primary Care Physicians)
1500 Galen Street SE
Washington, DC 20020
Ophelia Egypt Center- (Planned Parenthood)
3937 A Minnesota Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20019
Max Robinson Center - STD/HIV testing Clinic
2301 MLK Jr Avenue SE
Washington DC 20020