New health care initiative giving access to those who may be shut out

New health care initiative giving access to those who may be shut out

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A new partnership between the Charlotte Housing Authority and a local health center could be a game changer.

Charlottetown Terrace apartments is the site of a new concept in local health care.

CHA provides the space, and expertise is supplied by the C.W. Williams Health Center.

Sherrisha Samples is among those planning to head few flights up from her unit.

"It's convenient for me. I can come right out of my apartment a go right up stairs,"  Samples said.

William Walton heads up the Centers Board of Directors.

"We felt that it was important that the underserved have access to quality health care," Walton said.

Many who call the building home exist on limited resources, primarily low and fixed incomes.

Cheron Porter is a Senior Vice President with the Charlotte Housing Authority.

"They don't have the money. They don't have the access. They don't have the transportation. They have fears and being on site and on location really helps them build a different type of relationship, where they can have access to health care on their own terms," Porter told WBTV.

Resident Shawn Stitt agrees.

"It is a God send, he said. You have a lot of people who have disabilities, and not really able to go out to the community to go to the doctor,"  Stitt said.

Kelly Hurley of the C.W. Williams Health Center feels the clinic is a lifeline.

"For the clients who have more complex issues or need specialty care we will refer them here to the main campus," she said.

The clinic was three years in the making, and is open on Mondays and Wednesdays.

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