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New health clinic to help those affected by oil spill

2 years 5 months 2 weeks ago Sunday, May 03 2015 May 3, 2015 May 03, 2015 3:37 PM May 03, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Caroline McDougall

NEW ORLEANS - A pediatrics clinic and a general care clinic in eastern New Orleans are joining in a new $2.3 million building with a goal of serving communities hurt by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Project coordinator Julie Hoang says many people in the area lost shrimp or fishing jobs after the spill.

Hoang says the New Orleans East Louisiana Community Health Center offers primary care, OB/GYN, mental health and behavioral services and a nutritionist, and can treat 8,000 patients. It has Vietnamese and Spanish interpreters.

More than $1.2 million for the clinic came from a $105 million, four-state program created as part of the medical class action settlement with BP PLC and others. The rest is from community block development grants.

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