Health department eyes locations for new WIC clinic

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 12:15am
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Sam Coleman

With Hickory Hollow Mall no longer an option, the Metro Public Health Department has looked at eight Antioch area sites, identifying three of them as the most viable locations to establish a new clinic that serves women, infants and children.

Previously, Metro had eyed space inside the struggling shopping center as its first choice for the health department’s fourth WIC clinic, a health services program available to pregnant and postpartum women, infants and children. Those plans were foiled last month at the request of District 32 Metro Councilman Sam Coleman, the area’s representative, who backed nearby residents and their concerns over the move.

“Even though the mall is declining in the manner that you see it, many thought that the new clinic would have signaled the end for the mall,” Coleman said. “That’s what they didn’t want to see.”

Bart Perkey, the department’s director of health services access, declined to reveal the locations being discussed because property owners have not given permission to do so. He said all potential sites reside in southeast Nashville ZIP codes –– 37217, 37211 and 37013.

Metro’s WIC clinics are fueled by a $2.6 million yearly grant from the state of Tennessee. The department has budgeted $22,500 per year for space costs for a new Antioch center.

“We’ve identified (properties) that meet our program needs and appear to be available to us based on our budgeted amount,” Perkey said. “Right now, what we’re trying to do is gather information so that the people in the various communities, in these Council districts, can see what we’re looking at and get their feedback. We really want their support.”

Nashvillians will have at least two formal chances to have a say on the health department’s search.

The first community meeting will be held this Thursday, Jan. 21 at 6:30 p.m., at the Antioch United Methodist Church, a gathering where five Antioch area Council members will discuss the possible locations –– and the pros and cons of each site –– with citizens. At the second meeting, scheduled for Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m. at Living Word Community Church, the health department itself is expected to run through the final location possibilities with residents.

“I want to show that we’re doing it a lot differently than before,” said Coleman, alluding to the lack of citizen feedback before the Hickory Hollow destination was targeted. “That’s important to me. We want to let everybody have some input.”

Coleman said he is fine with any site, whether it’s in his district or not, so long as the health department demonstrates a scientific approach to the search, ensuring that people in need of the services will have access.

“I certainly don’t want to penalize people who need (the WIC clinic) by saying, ‘We don’t care about you. Truck across town,’” Coleman said. “That’s my concern.”

 

37 Comments on this post:

By: bfra on 1/19/10 at 2:09

There also should be some regulations about where they put re-hab or half-way houses in residential neighborhoods, without notifying the residents already living there. It has been observed, these people are not properly supervised and when there are families with small children living in the immediate area, this is not good.

By: sidneyames on 1/19/10 at 8:43

I agree, bfra.

I think the WIC program should go on West End -- say right around White Bridge and Woodmont. hmmmm! Talk about feathers flying.

By: dogmrb on 1/19/10 at 9:19

You two bleed $$$ and NIMBY platelets. Be careful what you wish for because what goes round comes round,.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/19/10 at 9:38

there are regulations regarding rehab and halfway houses. really "christian" of you two.

By: bfra on 1/19/10 at 12:10

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/19/10 at 8:38
there are regulations regarding rehab and halfway houses. really "christian" of you two

What regulations and who enforcing them?

By: bfra on 1/19/10 at 12:17

OOPS! Who enforces them?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/19/10 at 12:44

zoning.

By: NewYorker1 on 1/19/10 at 2:26

I hope they put a birth-control center right next door the the new WIC location. Every adult female and male receiving WIC should be FORCED to take the birth control shot for the duration they are receiving public assistance. When is the government going to stand up and stop supporting these people that continue to have children that they can't afford to have? It's ridiculous and pisses me off when I see how much money I am paying into the system every year while some of these people are sitting on their a_ _ es at home.

By: bfra on 1/19/10 at 2:41

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/19/10 at 11:44
zoning.

As I stated, "residential neighborhood"! That is the zoning. So, you don't know the regulations? Huh?

Plus, when is it unchristian to care about friends, neighbors and children that live in a "RESIDENTIAL" neighborhood?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/19/10 at 3:05

when is it unchristian to want to avoid those who need services?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/19/10 at 3:06

bfra, when a rehab center or halfway house wants to set up shop they usually have to have a zoning variance in order for it to be next to a residential area.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/19/10 at 3:08

then a zoning variance meeting is set and residents can attend and have a say.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/19/10 at 3:10

i don't see why people are so up in arms about this, unless they disdain the poor and minorities that much. it's not like it's a methodone clinic.

By: bfra on 1/19/10 at 3:15

Several people in the neighborhood have contacted their councilman and he is was even unaware of the situation. IMO, just another, government doesn't have to follow laws, situation.

By: bfra on 1/19/10 at 3:50

According to the neighbors, there was no notification or meeting. This was all done after dark! Just one morning it was there. Police cars are there on a regular basis, causing several parents to be very upset about the safety of their children. But, being the beer drinking christian you are, guess this is ok in your book.

Got the "beer drinking" reference from your many, many comments about your habit!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/19/10 at 4:45

whoa, drinking beer is bad but not loving your neighbor is good, huh?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/19/10 at 4:48

notifications of meetings are given. read the paper, go online. be proactive. the info is out there.

By: bfra on 1/19/10 at 4:56

I drink an occasional beer, wine and at times some good ole bourbon. I don't brag about it in every other comment, regardless of the subject, and always ready to judge someone else as being unchristian.

If a meeting, you keep suggesting was scheduled, I guess ALL the neighbors and the councilman missed it! Some analysis!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/19/10 at 5:01

don't have much of a sense of humor, do you?

as for the meeting, give me specifics. i have no idea what the heck you're talking about.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/19/10 at 5:13

i live in 37210 and the WIC is needed in our area. i wonder if they just didn't have a good location for it in our zip.

By: Funditto on 1/19/10 at 5:14

Hickory Hollow should become and IKEA store and let Bellevue Mall become the WIC center. That should equalize a lot of areas.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/19/10 at 5:15

WIC needs to be close to those it services.

By: Funditto on 1/19/10 at 5:15

blanket: bfra is the quintessential grumpy old man. Nothing pleases this person.

By: bfra on 1/19/10 at 5:17

Where are you? You stated "notification of meetings are given". So what specifically did you mean? Lay off the beer and maybe you can understand better.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/19/10 at 5:20

i'm on a community list serv and i read the local Davidson a.m. perhaps you should try that sometime.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/19/10 at 5:23

the info is out there if you take the initiative to look. no one has the time or money to show up at each and every house in the neighborhood. if you care about your neighborhood, make the effort. join your neighborhood group if you have one and if you don't have one, form one.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/19/10 at 5:24

don't just sit around and bitch and insult others. do something. and quit being so hard on your less-than-prosperous neighbors.

By: Funditto on 1/19/10 at 5:26

he's just mad because, in his mind, his property value has decreased because of the illegals (not that he shouldn't have bought there in the first place), blanket. Don't take it personally.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/19/10 at 5:28

oh i don't. i've met a million just like him in this town. move to a different neighborhood if you hate it that bad, bfra.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/19/10 at 5:29

i knew that my neighborhood was low income when i moved there. i don't mind having "brown" people living next to me and i don't have to live in a neighborhood i can't afford just for appearance sake. i do what i can to help make my neighborhood safe and clean and assist MNPD when i can with things such as neighborhood watch and clean up efforts.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/19/10 at 5:30

WIC would be useful to a lot of folks in my neighborhood who happen to be hard working but low income. i wish it were in my area.

By: bfra on 1/19/10 at 5:37

My, My aren't we testy! Maybe you should try to rationalize instead of analyse. The point being, it was put in a neighborhood (not mine), but I do own a house there, without any notification. The councilman is trying to find out how & why, but so far has met a brick wall, because the house in question is owned by a politician a lot further up the ladder. Do you or funny either one get the point yet?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/19/10 at 5:39

i get the point that you're a bitter person if that's what you mean.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/19/10 at 5:40

did you contact the "politician a lot further up the ladder"?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/19/10 at 5:41

sounds like an isolated incident to me (if there even is anything to be up in arms about). NIMBY people just kill me.

By: bfra on 1/19/10 at 5:44

Re: NIMBY people, you should be well aware of same traits.

By: sidneyames on 1/19/10 at 5:49

By: sidneyames on 1/19/10 at 7:43
I agree, bfra. I think the WIC program should go on West End -- say right around White Bridge and Woodmont. hmmmm! Talk about feathers flying.

After a heart to heart talk with someone I totally respect, I retract my statement. I now believe that if the Councilman for my district said it would be a good thing, then he has done his homework and it probably would.

I was wrong.