AUBURN, Ala. (WRBL) As many families struggle to find access to affordable health care; a historic partnership between the City of Auburn and Auburn University is addressing the problem in the form of a new affordable health care clinic.
Auburn University's Health Care Clinic and Educational Center will welcome families inside Boykin Community Center in northwest Auburn sometime next year. The Auburn City Council approved plans Tuesday night to open the clinic to provide opportunities for families to obtain affordable healthcare while extending educational opportunities for Auburn University students studying pharmacy, nursing and other health-related fields at Auburn University.
AU's Harrison School of Pharmacy will manage the clinic, working alongside other AU health-related disciplines to provide a broad range of care.
"Pharmacy students will work with other students in health-related studies to treat the patient as a whole. So that includes medications, diet, and exercise to try and help the patient be as successful as possible," said Pharmacy professor, Dr. Kimberly Braxton Lloyd.
The clinic's mission focuses on two tiers, community outreach, and student education. Students will work with patients, with professor oversight, gaining hands-on learning in a real clinical setting. AU students and professors will serve as health care advocates and providers for all families, including the uninsured and under-insured. Families in need will have access to free or affordable services and medications.
"We are going to work together to deliver a flexible payment schedule that will meet the needs of the community. We are making sure the cost of care is affordable for these families," explained Dr. Braxton Lloyd.
Pharmacy Student Ren Aranda believes the Auburn University Health Care Clinic and Educational Center provides an opportunity for students and patients to learn together.
"I think giving back through our knowledge and our time is critical for families and to what we as students are learning. It speaks to our values as we enter into our professions in the future," said Aranda.
The City of Auburn and Auburn University will spend the next year preparing the clinic inside the Boykin Community Center. The idea is to grow services and eventually staff a fully functional urgent care facility for families.
Auburn University's Harrison School of Pharmacy ranks among the top 20 percent of all pharmacy schools in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report. Fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education ( ACPE), the School offers doctoral degrees in pharmacy (Pharm.D.) and pharmaceutical sciences (Ph.D.) while also offering a master's in pharmaceutical sciences. For more information about the School, you can visit: Auburn University's Harrision School of Pharmcy
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