Amarillo clinic looking for women to help with healthcare

Amarillo, TX - Women in the area may not be receiving essential medical treatment, after one clinic's sees a drastic decrease in patients.

The Haven Health Clinics in Amarillo lost funding from the state back in September and now they say their patients receiving services through the Women's Health Program have dropped.

The Women's Health Program helps women in the area with screenings and treatment for STDs, and screenings for diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol.

The clinic's CEO, Ron Barwick, says the women receiving these services has gone from about 600 to around 350 meaning around 300 women may not be getting the health care they need.

Barwick thinks those women may have stopped coming because they think their doors are now closed.

"A lot of our patients in general are people who don't have access to health care else where, and we are concerned that if women who qualify for the Women's Health Program, don't come here they might not be getting those kinds of health services and family planning anywhere else," said Barwick.

You are eligible for the Women's Health Program at the clinic if you are a woman between the ages of 18 and 44, are a Texas resident and meet the income requirements.

To learn more about this program you can visit the Haven Health Clinics at 1501 South Taylor street or call them at 372-8731.