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Helping Hispanics With Healthcare

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Nearly 13 percent of people who call Mecklenburg County home are Latinos.

There’s a heavy concentration of people who speak Spanish in the University Area, just by North Tryon Street.

That’s where the Camino Center is – it’s a place where local income families and minorities can go to get health checkups for free.

Daniel Hernandez gets regular checkups at the Camino Center.

“I need a flu shot – I don’t have money to pay that. You can get at this place. It’s free you know,” said Hernandez.

He’s one of hundreds of patients who visit the clinic every week because he can’t afford health insurance.

“If one people cannot access healthcare, the whole community will suffer,” said Clarra Harran.

“I have my cholesterol so high so they showed me you need to follow this instruction, you need to eat this,” said Hernandez.

The center is funded through donations. Last year, commissioners granted more than $100,000 to the center. The center handles around 500 patients every week but the wait list continues to grow.

“This is the only place they can go before ER and that is more expensive, for the taxpayer and for themselves,” said Harran.

The Camino Center is nestled between North Tryon and the Ikea. With the expansion of the Blue Line, they’re expecting more traffic here at the Camino Center. So to meet the demands of the community, the center is looking to expand.

Hernandez says he finds comfort in talking to doctors in his native tongue.

“I don’t speak good English but others speak less than me. You can receive help in the language you need me.” said Hernandez.

“Most of our volunteers are Latinos and help people who don’t speak English and only speak Spanish,” said Camino Center President, Rusty Price.

The Camino Center also helps people get on their feet and helps with job placement and provide groceries and food for low income families.

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