Community group hopes to improve health care in Frayser - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Community group hopes to improve health care in Frayser

(WMC-TV) - The Frayser Neighborhood Council hosted its first ever Health Care Summit, in an effort to come up with some ideas to improve health care within the community.

"Everyone always wants to talk down on Frayser," said Frayser Neighborhood Council health subcommittee vice-chair Johnnie Hatten, who wants people to stop talking about the community's problems and start taking action to solve them instead.

The Frayser Neighborhood Council invited representatives from agencies across the Mid-South to list and talk with residents about their needs -- needs that organizers say could transform the community.

"Some of them include a 24-hour clinic, immediate care, or some type of clinic we can access 24 hours. We want our own health department here in Frayser with a WIC office," said Hatten. "And then we want some best practices. That's gonna decrease the number of infant mortality here in Frayser."

She says those are big needs, but there are plenty of other things that can be done that start with individual choices.

In the end, organizers hope to eventually to add more quality health care services to the Frayser community. They hope what they discuss at the summit Monday night will become a reality in the next year.

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