Samaritan clinic taking part in Saturday events

ALBANY, Ga. -- The Good Life City's Samaritan Clinic is teaming up with other agencies to host educational sessions for the purpose of improving overall health.

The Morehouse School of Medicine is collaborating with the Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition Fund as well as the clinic to host a live advocacy workshop on breast and cervical cancer from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

"Each year more than 6,000 women in Georgia are diagnosed with breast and cervical cancers," a letter written by Le'Roy Reese from the Morehouse School of Medicine states. "These diseases are devastating, not only for these women, but their families and our communities.

"Together we can act to have an impact on the lives of these women and their loved ones. Take action now to help ensure that women have access to screening and treatment programs."

The workshop will consist of a presentation, followed by a panel discussion. Check-in for the event begins at 8 a.m.

After the workshop, the Samaritan Clinic will also coordinate a lecture along with the Allergy and Asthma Clinics of Georgia on the asthma and allergy epidemic among African-Americans in Southwest Georgia. That lecture is also being held at Mt. Zion, from 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

"Statistics show great disparity in African-Americans," said Nedra Fortson, executive director of the Samaritan Clinic. "We believe that has to do with education and access to care."

There will be a question-and-answer session following the lecture. Sign-in will take place at the door.

Fortson said both of the programs are designed to help fulfill the clinic's mission to the community.

"We exist to help the community understand the importance of early prevention and to be advocates for themselves," she said. "It's geared on educating the community. When there is an opportunity to educate, we intend to do that."

Based on community feedback, Fortson said there appears to be an ongoing public interest in these topics.

"I think we'll have a good turnout," she said.

Mt. Zion is located at 901 S. Westover Blvd. For more information, call the Samaritan Clinic at (229) 888-7420.