Neighborhood Health Center will mark National Health Center Week next week with a back-to-school event and Health-a-Palooza health fair.
National Health Center week runs from Sunday through next Saturday and is designed to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s health centers as local solutions for affordable and accessible health care.
Local events include:
• A back-to-school event at the Neighborhood Health Center Mattina site, at 300 Niagara St., that will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday. There will be opportunities for school physicals and immunizations, as well as games, school book packs and supplies. Snacks also will be available.
• Health-a-Palooza from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Neighborhood Health Center Northwest site, 155 Lawn Ave.; health screenings, face painting and information about community services are part of the event. There also will be snacks and a raffle for two children’s bicycles and helmets.
According to officials, community health centers have been around for more than 45 years and have compiled a significant record of success by: reducing income and ethnic health disparities nationwide, even in the poorest and most challenged communities; producing $24 billion in annual health system savings; reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and unnecessary visits to the ER; generating a system of preventive medicine that patients use regularly to stay healthy, thus saving lives.
“Every day in our waiting rooms I witness the value of having a patient-centered health care home,” Joanne Haefner, executive director, said in a news release. To learn more about the mission and services of Neighborhood Health Center, visit www.neighborhoodhealthcenter.org.