Woman Going to New Heights to Help the Uninsured
March 20, 2008
Woman going to new heights to help the uninsured
KUSA TV/Channel 9
posted by: Jeffrey Wolf , Web Producer
written by: Bazi Kanani , Anchor/Reporter created: 3/19/2008 4:12:49 PM
Last updated: 3/20/2008 6:27:55 AM
Woman going to new heights to help the uninsured. 9NEWS at 4 p.m. 03/19/08
DENVER - A Colorado woman is taking steep steps to help the uninsured.
This summer, Debbie Welle-Powell plans to climb Mount Elbrus in Russia.
In addition to this climb, she has also challenged herself to raise $100,000 to help families with no health insurance get care at places like the Inner City Health Center in Denver.
"It really resonated with me how this clinic sees patients that are outside of Denver. That people are traveling by bus for prenatal care," said Welle-Powell.
Volunteer doctors at the Inner City Health Center give care to thousands of people who can't afford the help elsewhere. For many of the newer patients at the clinic, it's a place they never expected to need.
"We are seeing people coming into our care now that are lawyers that are self-employed, that are real estate agents," said Paul Dunne, the center's executive director of development.
Skyrocketing health care costs and a shrinking economy are increasing demand.
"We turn away, right now, about a thousand patients a year," said Dunne.
That's what Welle-Powell wants to change. The money she raises with her climb will go to the Inner City Health Center and also the Clinica Tepeyac in north Denver.
"We can't say that we're a great nation when we leave 46 million people out of the health care system, and in Colorado we leave about 800,000 out of our system," said Welle-Powell.
For more information on the climb, contact Welle-Powell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-813-5009.
For more on the Inner City Health Center, visit www.innercityhealth.com.
For more on the Clinica Tepeyac, visit www.clinicatepeyac.org or call 303-583-0150.
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