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Jon Bon Jovi Helps in Town's Health Care Woes 7 January 2004
ABCNews article


Like many American towns, Red Bank, N.J., is in the midst of a serious crisis. Thousands of its working-class residents have no health insurance, and, consequently, inadequate access to health care. Unlike other towns, however, Red Bank has an activist minister, a visionary physician, and a homegrown rock star who joined forces to address the problem.

Dr. Gene Cheslock, one of Red Bank's most beloved physicians, saw the impact of America's health care crisis on his community every day. "Let's face it, we have Doctors Without Borders. They fly to Guatemala, they'll fly to Africa. Well, we have that need inherent in America," he said.

Shocking Numbers of Uninsured

What convinced Cheslock it was time for a new and daring endeavor in Red Bank was what Donald Warner, a Baptist minister and former school superintendent, discovered when he set out to see exactly how bad health care was for Red Bank's working poor.

Warner walked door-to-door, visiting 400 households, and determined that some 95 percent of Red Bank's Hispanic households, and roughly 30 percent of the area's African-American households, were uninsured. Warner said he was shocked by the numbers of uninsured.


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