Clinics are held on the first Saturday of every month from 9am-1pm. Bloomer Hill is unique in that it is a free clinic that actually encourages its patients to follow up and continue their care there, as a result, many community members have been using it as their primary care for years. The clinic is capable of
- checking blood sugars
- drawing labs for many purposes
- providing referrals to UNC
- distributing information about local health department programs
- writing scripts
- refilling prescription medications
The team running the monthly clinic is usually 2 community volunteers, 6 medical students, and one attending physician.
Bloomer Hill students comply with HIPAA regulations and patient medical records are maintained with strict confidentiality standards. Please see our Consent to Treat and Notice of Privacy Practice documents, also available at the clinic.
Each clinic usually sees around 10 to 15 patients.
Please Contact us if you are interested in scheduling an appointment!
(last created/updated by Jennica Siddle, co-leader 2012-2013)
The NC Student Rural Health Coalition that Bloomer Hill clinic is a part of was created in 1968 at Vanderbilt University to improve healthcare access in the “black belt” of the south. The movement spread to North Carolina in 1978 with funding from the Lyndhurst Foundation which opened collaborative clinics with Duke, ECU, and UNC in the eastern NC region which suffers from the greatest poverty and lack of medical care. Many of the free clinics in the state including SHAC (UNC), Fremont clinic (Duke), and Tillery clinic (ECU) still operate; however, the collaborative exchange between clinics has ceased over the years.
Before the arrival of this student run movement, the town of Whitakers was pushing for equality and visibility as the civil rights movement swept the South. In 1958, the town purchased the church building (that now houses Bloomer Hill clinic) to create a space for community unity and events. In 1986, UNC held a two-week long health fair at Whitakers where students stayed in local residences and information was gathered about what the greatest health needs of the town were. Hypertension, diabetes, and continuity of care were the biggest issues so a collaborative was formed in 1987 between UNC School of Medicine and the people of Whitakers to host a monthly clinic to address these needs. Since then, UNC has provided a senior doctor working with medical student volunteers to the Bloomer Hill Clinic every month.
The history of Bloomer Hill clinic and the community of Whitakers is a prime example of a resilient rural North Carolina town that has shared success in its empowered past but continues to face uncertainty due to economic downturn and continuing health disparities. The issues with lack of healthcare access and poor health outcomes in Eastern North Carolina remain highest in the state.
HISTORY OF THE COLLABORATION WITH THE WHITAKERS COMMUNITY
The Bloomer Hill Free Clinic is located in Whitakers, NC, which is approximately two hours east of Chapel Hill, near Rocky Mount. On the first Saturday of each month, medical students and an attending physician travel to Whitakers to provide much needed services to this community. Clinics run from 9:15-1:00.
All services are provided free of charge, which includes referrals to specialists and laboratory tests. Additionally, we make an effort to enroll patients in free prescription drug programs and to utilize $4 generic prescriptions whenever possible.
Diretions to the Clinic
1. I-40 East to I-540 (north and east direction).
2. Take I-540 to Hwy 64 E exit.
3. Exit 64 E onto Hwy 301 North (exit #468A, NC Wesleyan Exit).
4. Take left off the exit ramp.
5. Follow 301 North.
6. When the road splits, stay to the right onto 301 North.
7. As soon as you pass "Consolidated Diesel", be on the lookout for the Bloomer Hill Community Center on the right.
The Bloomer Hill clinic will be open on the following Saturdays:
March 7th, 2015
April 11th, 2015
May 2nd, 2015
June 6th, 2015
July 11th 2015
August 1st, 2015
September 12th, 2015
October 3rd, 2015
November 6th, 2015
December 5th, 2015
January 9th, 2016
February 6th, 2016
March 5th, 2016
April 2nd, 2016
May 7th, 2016