Coby to speak at YWCA luncheon

PIQUA — Justin Coby, executive director of Health Partners Free Clinic, is the featured speaker for the Nov. 14 YWCA Monthly Luncheon Series. The program, which is free and open to the public, begins at 11 a.m., followed by a noon luncheon ($7/person). Reservations for the program and luncheon must be made by Monday, Nov. 12, by calling the YWCA at 773-6626.

Established in 1998, Health Partners Free Clinic operates in Miami County with the mission to provide health care for the county’s residents, regardless of age, gender, religion or ethnicity. The Clinic provides free healthcare to uninsured and underinsured residents within the county according to Coby.

“Physicians, nurse practitioners and a host of other health care professionals volunteer their time and expertise in service to the residents of Miami County without cost to our patients,” said Coby. “The Clinic is open nearly 50 hours per week of care at no cost. Patients with chronic health problems such as diabetes, hypertension and chronic lung disease can receive care in our friendly and safe environment with regularity.”

Coby added that when the Clinic moved into its current facility in 2007 the depth of their services increased with the addition of services such as nursing visits, medication reviews, prescription assistance and diagnostic testing.

“We are excited to have Justin here to share the mission of the Clinic and to give ideas on how everyone can help even in a small way,” said Beth Royer-DeLong, YWCA program director.

A UVMC nurse also will be available from 10:15-11 a.m. the morning of the program for free blood pressure and glucose screenings. The YWCA is handicapped-accessible.