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Charles Drew, OHA open 4 health clinics

The Charles Drew Health Center has opened clinics in four Omaha Housing Authority towers.

The health center based in northeast Omaha and the local public housing authority held a ceremony Thursday to announce the availability of the clinics, which opened early this year.

The health center received a $477,887 grant from the new federal Affordable Care Act to open the clinics at Crown Tower, Evans Tower, Florence Tower and Jackson Tower.

Richard Brown, chief executive officer of the Charles Drew Health Center, said ongoing federal money and patient fees would enable his center to keep the clinics open for at least the next few years. The clinics will be open one day a week at each of the facilities.

About 75 residents, staffers, supporters and local officials attended the ceremony.

Christy Quillen, a nurse practitioner, will be the main provider in the clinics. She will be accompanied by a medical assistant and a behavioral health therapist.

They will provide primary care to residents of the towers and neighbors of the facilities. They will refer some patients to the Drew center at 2915 Grant St. for dental services and other treatment and diagnoses beyond the clinics' scope.

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