Today was our last day at Mercy Care and we spent the day truly observing all the services and did a windshield survey of the surrounding area and neighborhood. There were not many resources or healthy food options surrounding the clinic. The MARTA station was right across the clinic which allowed for more affordable transportation methods to the clinic. The only issue with the MARTA is the reliability because we had one patient tell us that the MARTA went off course due to a track incident which made them late for their appointment. Mercy Care offers in house dentistry, primary care, behavioral health, and pharmacy services. We valued our time in this clinic and it goes to show how much work is still needed within our healthcare system here in Georgia to provide care for all those who need it.
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Today we observed in the clinic and behavioral health. We saw how many barriers our patients faced and the amount of compassion the staff has. The Mercy Care teams functions off of compassion and critical thinking skills.
Today I went to the Chamblee clinic and helped in the lab. This clinic primarily serves the Hispanic population. The disparities within Georgia are immense and it is always eye opening to serve in a Mercy Care clinic. I highly recommend volunteering within Mercy Care because it helps you see how socioeconomic status and language/cultural barriers relate directly to health disparities. There is only so much you can read in a textbook versus seeing the application in a real life setting.