As a health care educator, practitioner and co-founder of the Central Texas Allied Health Institute (@ctahi.atx
), Jereka Thomas-Hockaday has a vested interest in the public health of East Austin’s underserved communities of color during the coronavirus pandemic. “In conversations that we've had with Austin Public Health, they've identified that there was a huge need for testing in the Eastern Crescent, which is our mostly Black and Latinx communities,” said Thomas-Hockaday from the testing clinic Central Texas Allied Health recently opened in the heart of East Austin.
With the November 2020 elections approaching, the opening of the clinic comes at a pivotal time in deciding the future of the American health care according to Thomas-Hockaday. “We are at a crossroads in our country as to how we are going to have a health care system,” she said. “The citizens need to make their voices heard about what type of health care system they want. And the only way you can do that … is to get out and vote.” Video: @cperezgabriel
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