Hundreds of Middle Georgia residents are expected to seek free health care Saturday in Macon.
Full physical examinations and some medicine, such as for diabetes and high blood pressure, will be offered by Arms of Care International, which more often runs medical missions in Africa. The clinic is targeted at people without health insurance or people who are homeless.
Tiffany Russell, community affairs manager for the River Edge Behavioral Health Center, said the economy makes local health care a much larger problem because many people lost health insurance when they lost their jobs. Arms of Care is trying to fill some of the need.
“They found out there’s a need here in Macon,” Russell said.
Doors will open at 10 a.m. Saturday at Total Grace Baptist Church, 3686 Napier Ave., near Hillcrest Avenue. Doctors will begin seeing people at 11 a.m., and the group expects to see at least 300.
“I suggest that people get there right at 10 so they can be ready when the doctors open,” Russell said.
Russell said physicians — including some from The Medical Center of Central Georgia — may be board-certified and will write some prescriptions on the spot. Some patients will get a 30-days supply, and others may be able to get a prescription filled for $4 elsewhere.
River Edge will be there with licensed therapists to do full mental health screening and will also do free HIV testing and be able to talk about depression and substance abuse.
Pastors will be there for encouragement and counseling.
The Family Development Resource Center will offer free food.
Russell said Arms of Care will run a mission trip in Nigeria in a few weeks. But donors to the Riverdale-based organization are also interested in helping closer to home. The group ran a clinic in Griffin recently.
“They are starting to see with the recession and the crisis in unemployment, there is a need right here in their backyard,” Russell said.