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Roanoke groups unite to create easier access to health care

ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - A collaborative effort to improve health care services began on Tuesday in the Roanoke Valley.

Child Health Investment Partnership of Roanoke Valley (CHIP), New Horizons and the Bradley Free Clinic announced their partnership to expand services and make health care more accessible to low-income families.

The idea is to use a referral system between the three agencies to help meet the community's medical needs.

"Let's say they don't qualify for the clinic because the are over income, we can tell them about other agencies or if it's the mother of a pre-schooler we are treating at the clinic and she needs to know about services at CHIP, we can tell her about CHIP services," said Janine Underwood, the executive director of the Bradley Free Clinic.

Organizers say coordinating care is instrumental in meeting all medical needs in the community.