Congressman Davis to launch healthcare initiative

Published 12:00 am Friday, August 6, 2004

Seventh District congressman joining forces and taking action now while working on legislative relief

BIRMINGHAM – Seventh District Congressman Artur Davis is scheduled to host a press conference to announce the early phases of his new Healthcare in Action Initiative Friday, Aug. 6, at 2 p.m. on the west side of the Baptist Princeton Hospital Professional Building 3 (Security will direct traffic to the outdoor site).

Davis’ healthcare plan will involve three moving parts: ongoing grassroots community networks; future legislation on the Hill and working alliances for companion legislation in Montgomery; and proactive outreach initiatives sponsored by Davis’ congressional office.

The grassroots community network approach represents the beginning phase of the initiative. It includes partnerships with the Community Care Network (CCN), based out of Montgomery, and A Promise to Help (APTH), in partnership with the Baptist Health Foundation, located here in Birmingham. Both organizations will provide mobile healthcare units that will travel monthly to each county of the Black Belt providing a range of services.

Baptist Princeton Hospital has made a significant investment to the cause of providing quality healthcare in the Black Belt. Their allegiance with APTH consists of a three-year commitment of at least 30 physicians, a coalition of 30 parish nurses, equipment, supplies and other medical and financial resources.

Joining Davis in the announcement will be Leon Davis of the Community Care Network; Henry Ford and Sandra Ford (Princeton physician) of A Promise to Help; representatives from Baptist Health System and state Senators and Representatives.