Sponsored by the National Association of Community Health Centers, National Health Center Week (August 8 to 14) is dedicated to recognizing the service and contributions of community, migrant, homeless and public housing health centers in providing access to affordable, high quality, cost-effective health care to medically vulnerable and underserved individuals in the United States. Throughout the week, activities and events at health centers across the country are designed to raise awareness of the community services and programs local health centers like CHC offer.
“At Community Health Center, Inc., we believe health care is a right, not a privilege,” said Margaret Flinter, APRN, Ph.D., vice president and clinical director of CHC. “We encourage everyone to take advantage of these free events and health services and learn more about the high levels of care and programming we offer. Health education and preventative services are key components to realizing our vision of building safe, healthy communities.”
CHC’s National Health Center Week events include:
Health Fairs – Middletown, New Britain and New London
Health education has never been so much fun! Health fairs at the Community Health Center of Middletown, 635 Main St., on August 11 from noon to 3 p.m. and at the Community Health Center of New Britain, 85 Lafayette St., on August 12 from noon to 3 p.m. will feature free immunization screenings, free dental screenings for children, information on the Housing and Health departments and HUSKY, WIC and Early Detection programs and more. Families will also enjoy live music, face painting, raffle prizes and popcorn.
At the Community Health Center of New London, 1 Shaw’s Cove, a health fair on August 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. will include free oral cancer screenings, representatives from the Alliance for Living and Thames Valley Council for Community Action, Inc., a visit from a nutritionist and information on the HUSKY, Early Detection and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance programs. For kids, there will be face painting.
Additional events in Middletown include a visit from diabetic educator and registered nurse Kit McKinnon on August 10 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and story readings and coloring activities for kids on August 12 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. For more information on the Middletown events, call Glenda Rivera at (860) 347-6971, ext. 3326.
Free ToothPrints® IDs - Stamford
Safeguard children before the school year begins at the Community Health Center of Stamford, which is offering free ToothPrints® IDs on August 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 and 25 from 9 to 11 a.m. Like fingerprints, dental imprints are unique to every person and serve as an accurate method of identification. A pediatric dentist developed ToothPrints® as a way to protect his child and other young patients. In addition to the imprint, ToothPrints® captures saliva – a source of scent that dogs can track – and provides a DNA sample. Call (203) 969-0802 to schedule an appointment. The Community Health Center of Stamford is located at 141 Franklin St.
For more information on CHC’s services, programs and locations, visit chc1.com.
About Community Health Center, Inc.
Since 1972, Community Health Center, Inc. has been one of the leading healthcare providers in the state of Connecticut, building a world-class primary health care system committed to caring for special populations. CHC is focused on improving health outcomes for its more than 100,000 patients as well as building healthy communities. Currently, CHC delivers service in 173 locations statewide, offering primary care in medical, dental and behavioral health services.
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