Health Center Receives Aflac Grant

Tori Johnsson
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On Wednesday, the Rockbridge Area Health  Center received a $100,000 Community CareGrant from Aflac’s Close the Gap initiative, created to raise awareness and support around the issue of medical debt.

Aflac and RAHC marked the occasion with a ceremony at Lexington’s Kids Playce park and the installation of a commemorative park bench.

The funds will go towards creating a youth wellness education program and upgrading RAHC’s prenatal and postnatal care capabilities. Lexington Mayor Frank Friedman also proclaimed June 29 as Aflac Day to celebrate the event.

The youth wellness program will aim to prevent tobacco use, decrease obesity and teach good health and financial choices, RAHC’s CEO Suzanne Sheridan said in her speech.

“Why Rockbridge is we saw a partner who was actually already trying to stand in the gap, and that is Rockbridge AHC,” Aflac U.S. President Teresa White said in an interview.

For more on this story, see the July 6 edition of The News-Gazette.


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