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Mini med school offered to West Tennessee residents

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COVINGTON, TN (WMC-TV) - The healthcare debate and swine flu are top of mind for many here in the Mid-South, and now residents in one area will have a way to learn more about healthcare and the medical professions. 

"I get Medicare and TennCare," Covington resident Billy Joe Taylor said. "If they cut it off, I won't have no insurance for doctors to help me out."

Taylor not only worries about his own health coverage, but is also concerned about ways to take care of himself without having to go to the doctor.

"If my healthcare don't pay for it...I can't see no doctor and I don't have money to pay for it," he said.

Taylor has been been through countless operations, and can't work because of pain.  His physician, Dr. Loren Crown, said Taylor is not alone.

"They've seen in this area - in most rural areas of the South -  the disappearance of the family doctor," Crown said. "They wonder how they're going to get care in the future."

In an effort to help educate the public on a variety of health issues, Dyersburg State Community College in Covington is hosting a mini-med school for people of all ages.  Everything from preventative care and proper diet to healthcare reform and end of life issues will be covered.

"As they leave recovery, I've only got two minutes to talk," Crown said. "I'd like to have two hours and two semesters to talk about these things."

"The thing none of us want is having to depend on someone to take care of us," Covington resident Billie Garner said.

And 'taking care of ourselves' is exactly what this doctor wants everyone to be able to do. 

The mini-med school course is divided into two 10 week semesters and is open to the public.  For more information on the course or to register, just click here. Or click here for more information on Dyersburg State Community College.

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