SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) – The Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) is teaming up with the Sullivan County Regional Health Department to host a women’s health clinic on Wednesday, offering free services and testing on-site.

Organizers said preventative care and education are key in keeping people healthy, but that healthcare can be difficult to access for those who are uninsured or underinsured.

Women ages 15 to 64 can attend regardless of insurance coverage and will receive free care. Hannah Taylor, Operations Director at Sullivan County Regional Health Department, said they will not turn away teens younger than 15 or older adults.

At check-in, patients will be asked to show ID, insurance, and proof of income, but it is not a requirement for care.

Providers will offer a wide range of services on the location that day.

“We’ll offer pap smears we’ll offer breast exams, women’s health exams for like the yearly exams, and birth control on-site,” said Taylor. “Condoms, STD counseling … and pregnancy testing as well.”

Taylor said they will also be able to provide IUDs, birth control implants, Depo shot, or several months of birth control pills depending on stock. In the state of Tennessee, teens as young as 12 can receive birth control without parental consent, according to Taylor.

Tammy Alls runs the MOMS R US Teen Pregnancy Program at the YWCA in Bristol and said the education material and counseling available is important for patients of all ages.

“It might be about reproductive counseling, it might be about birth control options, and what are all those options? Some girls don’t even understand how many options there are,” said Alls. “We (Moms R Us) are working with pregnant teenagers, but we’re also just as an organization, working with women of all ages, who need to be able to take care of their selves and get the services here.”

Both Alls and Taylor want to assure those stopping by the clinic that their information will be kept confidential and that it is a safe place to ask any questions they may have or voice any concerns, medical or otherwise. Whether or not they can provide care at the clinic, they will work to find additional care and resources for the patients.

“For example, if a mom comes to us at this event, and they are experiencing something like that, that is, you know, chest pain or something like that, we can’t address that at this clinic, but we can refer them with the resources that we have,” said Taylor. “We can help them find a primary care doctor or refer them to other health department programs, such as WIC, there is our home visiting program.”

The hope is to set up women and teens with the information they need to take control of their health and create an action plan for follow-up care.

Alls said she hopes to continue offering similar clinics at the YWCA in the future.

Care will be offered at the YWCA in Bristol from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on May 11, 2022.

Several services will be offered:

  • Pregnancy Testing and Counseling
  • STI Testing
  • Birth Control Options
  • Mammogram Referrals for TN and Scott County, VA Residents
  • Blood Pressure Checks
  • Women’s Health Exams
  • PAP Testing
  • Reproductive Counseling
  • Other Referral Services

For individual services, walk-ins are welcome. Anyone interested in a full health exam with a Nurse Practitioner must schedule an appointment by sending an email to alittle@sullivanhealth.org or calling 423-279-2761.