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New Wellness Center Helps Fill Health Care Void in Dove Springs

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Courtesy of El Mundo Newspaper
Central Health has opened the Southeast Health and Wellness Center in the Dove Springs neighborhood, traditionally an underserved community.

On Saturday, Congressman Lloyd Doggett, State Sen. Kirk Watson and a number of community leaders will gather at a new southeast Austin health center that’s been years in the making.

People who live in the Dove Springs neighborhood of Austin will now be able to get a range of services at the new Central Health Southeast Health and Wellness Center, a needed addition to a neighborhood that has traditionally had very few nearby options for healthcare.

"The name Southeast Health and Wellness -- the part of wellness is something that Central Health has been very interested in working with this community," says Isaac Pozos with CommunityCare, a Central Health partner.

The center offers primary, mental and dental care, radiology, pharmacy services and even exercise classes for mostly low-income residents.

In 2012, Southeast Travis County was designated as a health professional shortage area by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This 70,000 square-foot center, in what was a VA clinic, is an effort to change that.

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