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...Leon Wilson quote Makosky and Ray by stating, “Poverty, especially if it is long standing, is a pervasive rather than bounded crisis distinguished by a high contagion of stressors that grind away and deplete emotional reserves” (Appalachia: America 's Forgotten People ). In 2012 the Rockbridge Area Free Clinic found that mental health was among the top five patient reported reasons for appointment, being third to hypertension and diabetes. Without services to address these community needs the Clinic would not be fulfilling is potential influence within the community. Fortunately, there is an array of services to address these issues through regular visits with the nurse practitioner, volunteer doctors, and the different specified clinics mentioned above. More clinics like this one would go a long way in addressing the discrepancies of healthcare within Appalachia.
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