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Oakwood University and Huntsville Hospital partner for "Community Health Action Center"

The Community Health Action Center aims to provide access to health care for underserved communities.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Access to health care is critical during this pandemic. Leaders at Oakwood University and Huntsville Hospital promise to fulfill this need in certain communities.

Oakwood University and Huntsville Hospital are coming together to build the "Community Heath Action Center" for Northwest Huntsville.

"The Community Health Action Center is designed to reach especially underserved citizens. That's why we're grateful for the partnership with Huntsville Hospital because we could not do that on our own," says Oakwood University President, Dr. Leslie Pollard.

Oakwood University and Huntsville Hospital partnered to close the gap for access to healthcare by constructing the $4-million dollar clinic. 

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"I think Northwest Huntsville in general hadn't quite had the services that the community and the citizens need up here. So we've looked at opportunities to come up here and look for the appropriate location and so forth, and this fit," says Huntsville Hospital CEO, David Spillers.

The two and half year project offers ambulatory services, and check ups. Pollard says this clinic needs to open especially now during the pandemic.

"We are applying to make Oakwood and Huntsville Hospital vaccination sites for this side of the county," says Pollard.

Pollard says Oakwood University nursing and healthcare students will serve and educate the public while working with Huntsville Hospital.

"I hope that our organization had tried very hard to make sure that everyone gets access to healthcare, everyone gets access to vaccines, everyone who's in need gets the care that they need," says Spillers.

The clinic is slated to be completed this June.