GMHC Hosts Community Cookout

Meridian, Miss.
Greater Meridian Health Clinic reached out to the public in a fun way Friday.

It hosted a community and staff appreciation day in recognition of National Health Center Week.

Centers like GMHC have been in existence for 50 years, offering health care regardless of a patient's ability to pay.

Greater Meridian and other such facilities serve one of every 15 Americans.

"Just to let people know community health centers are around. And sometimes people can't afford to go other places because they may not have insurance," said registered nurse, Beverly Hearn. "We accept insurance, medicaid, medicare and people who have no insurance."

The National Association of Community Health Centers will have its annual meeting next week in San Diego. One key topic will be the millions of newly-insured people needing a place for their primary care.