New drop-in clinic opens in East Atlanta, serving uninsured patients

A grand opening ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday.
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A grand opening ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday.

Credit: Courtesy of CHRIS 180

Credit: Courtesy of CHRIS 180

A new clinic for uninsured adults is now serving the East Atlanta community.

The drop-in center will be operated by Mercy Care and CHRIS 180, an Atlanta-based nonprofit focused on providing "trauma-informed" health services and care.

The clinic aims to provide “primary medical and behavioral health services to uninsured patients,” CHRIS 180 said in a statement. Located at 1976 Flat Shoals Road in Atlanta, the center will be open for medical and mental health services every Tuesday and Thursday.

“Several years ago we recognized the need to have primary health services in East Atlanta, where there are limited options and resources for our neighbors,” Kathy Colbenson, the president and CEO of the nonprofit, said in a statement.

The organizations hope to serve 600 people during the first year of operation. The clinic will offer women’s health tests, STD and HIV testing and screening for breast cancer and cervical cancer.

CHRIS 180 raised over $15 million through a campaign last year that helped fund the new center, which is located next to the organization’s drop-in center for homeless youth.

A ceremony marking the opening of the clinic is scheduled for Tuesday at 4 p.m.

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