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Published April 29, 2012, 04:47 PM

Groups Developing GF Health Care Center

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A group of agencies and health care providers is developing plans for a Grand Forks community health care center to serve low-income residents.

By: Associated Press,

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A group of agencies and health care providers is developing plans for a Grand Forks community health care center to serve low-income residents.

Mara Jiran is organizing the effort. She says the goal is to open a center in early 2013.

There are five similar centers in North Dakota, including clinics at Northwood and Larimore in the northeast.

Jiran says the center will give low-income people, and residents who don't have health insurance, access to medical and dental care and mental health counseling.

Grand Forks' Third Street Clinic offers free or reduced-price medical care.

But Jiran tells the Grand Forks Herald that not everyone qualifies for services at the Third Street Clinic, and it can't provide long-term care for people with diabetes and other chronic illnesses.

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Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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