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Interview: Removing Barriers To Healthcare

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Northern Nevada HOPES provides healthcare to people regardless of their ability to pay. The center recently opened its doors to a new facility in downtown Reno. Our reporter Anh Gray sits down with the center's CEO Sharon Chamberlain to learn more about the healthcare barriers that exist in the community.

 
 

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Northern Nevada HOPES Sharon Chamberlain.

The three-story, nearly 40,000 square foot medical facility is named The Stacie Mathewson Community Wellness Center. It offers a holistic approach that focuses on the physical, social and mental health of both children and adults. HOPES started out in 1997 to mainly help HIV and AIDS patients deal with healthcare challenges.

The center is seeing an increased demand for services. It averages about 200 new patients a month and could be serving as many as 10,000 patients by next year.

 

Anh is a contributing editor for the KUNR news team and has been with the station since 2014. She is an alumna of the Boston University School of Public Health and Teachers College, Columbia University.