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February 11, 2005   Email to Friend 

Jeff Helms
(334) 613-4212
February 11, 2005

Alfa President Jerry Newby, right, and Alabama Farmers Federation Executive Director Mike Kilgore, left, present a $25,000 donation to Dr. Leon N. Davis, president and founder of the Community Care Network, as they stand in front of the Care-A-Van mobile medical unit.
MONTGOMERY, Ala.-- Alfa Insurance Co. and Alabama Farmers Federation are helping provide medical care to underserved families in Alabama's Black Belt region through a $25,000 donation to the Community Care Network's (CCN) Care-A-Van program. Alfa President Jerry Newby announced the contribution Feb. 10 after touring the Care-A-Van mobile medical unit.

"We are proud to be able to support the work of Dr. Leon Davis and the Community Care Network," Newby said. "This vehicle allows Dr. Davis and others to travel into rural Alabama and provide medical care to people who might not otherwise be able to see a doctor. Part of the mission of the Alabama Farmers Federation is to improve the quality of life for people in rural Alabama, and the Care-A-Van program is one way that we can fulfill that mission."

The Care-A-Van is a converted motor home that is equipped with two examination rooms where doctors and other medical volunteers can conduct screenings for high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, HIV/AIDS, osteoporosis and other medical, vision and dental problems. CCN uses the vehicle to hold free clinics and health fairs in Black Belt counties. Dr. Davis, who is the founder and president of CCN, said the group sponsors more than 30 health fairs a year throughout the region plus four free clinics each month in Lowndes County.

"This donation will allow us to continue our work in Lowndes County and expand into other underserved areas," said Dr. Davis. "It costs about $2,000 every time we take this unit into a rural county, so Alfa's support is greatly appreciated."

Dr. Davis said Gov. Bob Riley's Black Belt Action Commission has asked CCN to replicate the clinics it is conducting in Lowndes County for 12 other Black Belt counties. To help accomplish that goal, the group currently is working to add a second Care-A-Van unit to its fleet.

For more information about the Community Care Network, phone (334) 269-6251 or visit www.comcarenetwork.org.

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