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PEOPLE'S COMMUNITY CLINIC AND AUSTIN LITERACY COALITION CHOSEN AS BENEFICIARIES OF THE 2007 STATESMAN CAPITOL 10,000

AUSTIN, TX – March, 2007 – People’s Community Clinic and the Literacy Coalition of Central Texas will be the 2007 beneficiaries of the 30th annual Statesman Capitol 10,000 presented by Guaranty Bank on Sunday, March 25th.

Both People’s Community Clinic and the Literacy Coalition will use the sponsorships raised to develop model health literacy projects that will have a sustaining impact on our community. “The funds received from this event enable us to provide high quality medical care to more than 11,000 patients in Austin,” says Regina Rogoff, Executive Director of People’s Community Clinic. “Improving the communication between healthcare providers and patients is an important part of the Clinic’s ongoing efforts to involve patients in their own care.”

The Literacy Coalition of Central Texas expects to use the sponsorships raised to educate clients throughout the community about the importance of asking the right questions during a visit to the doctor or the pharmacy. “When complicated by low literacy or limited English proficiency, the opportunity to participate in our own health care is seriously impacted. People have difficulty accessing the health care system, understanding their condition, and what they must do to get healthy. The results can be fatal. We must fix this, and we can,” says Gail Miller, Executive Director.

The health literacy project is a natural overlap between the two organizations. While the Literacy Coalition promotes skilled workers and strong families through literacy, the People’s Community Clinic provides quality healthcare to those with little or no health insurance.

“We wanted to mark this 30th anniversary of the race in a special way,” said Mike Laosa, Publisher of the Austin American-Statesman. “For the last four years, we have focused many of our community efforts around the issues of health care and adult literacy. This new initiative addresses both of those efforts. We are confident that People’s Community Clinic and the Literacy Coalition will develop a program that will be a model and will have a lasting and positive impact on Central Texas.”

Guaranty Bank CEO Ken Dubuque said, “If our residents don’t understand what their doctor tells them or how to properly take their prescriptions, it is impossible to deliver the quality of health care of which our community is capable. This health literacy initiative is one we endorse and have fully committed the resources of Guaranty Bank and Guaranty Insurance Services to achieve.”

In addition to Guaranty Bank, sponsors for the 2007 event include Silver Sponsors Covert Chevrolet, Dell, Mizuno, RunTex, H-E-B, Austin Parks and Recreation Department; Honor Roll Sponsors AMD, Austin Regional Clinic, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas; and Waterstop Sponsors Austin Rowing Club, National Instruments, and Texas Gas Service. One hundred percent of sponsorships flow to the People’s Community Clinic and Literacy Coalition of Central Texas.

About People's Community Clinic

People’s Community Clinic offers comprehensive, community-wide health care services that include family planning; prenatal care; pediatrics; adolescent medicine and adult medical care; as well as health education, prevention and social services. Founded in 1970, the Clinic is among the oldest and most successful independent clinics in the country providing high quality health care to thousands of uninsured and medically underserved children and adults each year.

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For more information

MEDIA CONTACT: Alicia Quinn Sankar
Fleishman-Hillard Austin(on behalf of People’s Community Clinic)
[email protected]
657-6733 (mobile)

DATE: Sunday, March 25, 2007

REGISTRATION: Click here to go to the Statesman's registration page.

www.austinpcc.org
2909 North IH-35
Austin, TX 78722-2304

 

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