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Welcome to the Western Carolina Medical Society PROJECT ACCESS

About Project Access®

Project Access® is a ground-breaking physician volunteer initiative providing access to comprehensive medical care for low-income uninsured Buncombe County residents since 1996. More than 2,500 low-income individuals in Buncombe County receive healthcare through Project Access® annually.

How Project Access® Works

A dedicated network of more than 500 Buncombe County physicians along with Mission Hospital, local pharmacies, WCMS Interpreter Network Interpreters, mental health providers, community service navigators, generous volunteers–all supported by donations from businesses and individuals in the community, provide healthcare through Project Access® to individuals in Buncombe County without reimbursement. Project Access® is not health insurance, it is however a way to help our community members stabilize their health so that health insurance is more attainable.

Click here for more information:  Project Access and the Western Carolina Medical Society

WIN’s medical interpreter and translation services provide:

  • 24/7 access to on-site interpreters
  • Phone interpretation services
  • Document translation services
  • Easy scheduling
  • Confirmation of appointments with your patients by WIN
  • Online access to WIN’s calendar
  • Affordable rates
  • Quality interpretation and translation services in more than 10 languages, including:
    • Albanian
    • ASL
    • Greek
    • Hungarian
    • Japanese
    • Mandarin Chinese
    • Moldavian/Romanian
    • Portuguese
    • Russian
    • Spanish
    • Ukrainian
    • And more!    Click here for the Interpreter Network

The Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, is the physician and community-led charitable arm of the medical society, addressing issues of access to quality healthcare, disparities in health, and health & wellness.

WCMS Foundation is respected for its leadership and innovation in addressing issues of access to quality health care and disparities in health. These activities are carried out through collaboration, education, advocacy, innovation, research, public policy, and fundraising.


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We are a one-of-a-kind magazine that provides local, regional, national and international information about women’s lives and education, performing and visual arts and writing, the environment, green living and sustainability and regional Western North Carolina business, people and events. “Villages preserve culture: dress, food and dance are a few examples. As villages grow in population and turn into towns, local cafes make way for large American chains. Handmade leather sandals are discarded for a pair of Western sneakers. Due to its small size, a village fosters a tight-knit sense of community. explains the meaning of the African proverb, “It takes a village,” by stating that a sense of community is critical to maintaining a healthy society. Village members hold a wealth of information regarding their heritage: they know about the ancient traditions, methods of production and the resources of the land. When villages become dispersed or exterminated in times of war, this anthropological knowledge disappears. Large cities are not as conducive to growing and producing foods such as fruits and vegetables. Villages, on the other hand, usually have ample amounts of land and other resources necessary for growing conditions.” The Importance of Villages by Catherine Capozzi Our Mission provides readers with information important to women’s lives and well-being. We focus primarily on the areas of education & health, business & finance, the arts & the environment. We are particularly interested in local & regional resources, organizations & events.

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