Community Development Week 2021
“The Shoals Community Clinic remained [open] during the COVID-19 Pandemic. There are local shortages of Nurses during these times, therefore it has been crucial for nursing students to meet their necessary accreditation for graduation. However, the nursing students were able to get the clinical hours and patients were able to pick up their necessary medications, such as insulin and [inhalers], at the clinic.
The Clinic Manager and representative of Florence Housing Authority traveled to Montgomery to pick up COVID-19 testing kits and to also train in administering the COVID-19 rapid test. The training in Montgomery helped the clinic administer over 600 COVID-19 tests, free to the public. Funding provided by the CARES Act and the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development allowed the clinic to receive financial assistance to extend services with a partnership with the Community Action Agency of Northwest Alabama.
The clinic extended health and dental services to those who have experienced the loss of income or jobs due to the pandemic. Throughout the pandemic, the clinic staff has continued to provide basic healthcare to those in need. As we emerge from this pandemic, the clinic will continue to service the community with quality healthcare services.”