CHCR Hosting Free Health Fair

NHCW LogoThe Community Health Center of Richmond is hosting its Third Annual Community Health Fair on Wednesday, August 8, to mark the 2012 National Health Center Week, Celebrating America’s Health Centers: Powering Healthier Communities. The CHCR Community Health Fair will feature medical screening tests, games and activities for children, a school supply giveaway, prizes and a raffle. Free and open to all, the health fair runs from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 235 Port Richmond Avenue, Staten Island, New York 10302.

At 1:00 p.m. representatives from the New York Region II Office of the Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Primary Health Care, will present checks for two federal grants. CHCR was awarded $2,790,150 under the Affordable Care Act to open its third primary care facility in the Stapleton/St. George section of Staten Island. The Stapleton/St. George facility is scheduled to open in 2014. CHCR also received a $487,500 federal New Access Point Grant to fund operational costs for the CHCR Dental and Medical Specialty Center, opening in early 2013.

More than a dozen local businesses, nonprofit organizations and government agencies will have booths at the CHCR Community Health Fair to provide samples and information about health, beauty, nutrition, transportation, pre-natal care, social services and related services.

For the children, there will be a bounce house, balloon sculpting, face painting and a magician. Health care professionals will conduct free screenings, including rapid blood glucose tests and blood pressure checks. CHCR will give away backpacks filled with school supplies on a first-come, first-serve basis.

As a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), CHCR delivers affordable, accessible, quality health care to all, regardless of ability to pay. National Health Center Week recognizes the important role that CHCR and community health centers across the nation play in providing care to medically vulnerable and underserved people.

To learn more about National Health Center Week, visit www.healthcenterweek.org.

For more information about New York community health centers, visit www.chcanys.org.

WHAT: CHCR’S THIRD ANNUAL COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR

WHEN: Health Fair from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 8, 2012 Grant Presentation Ceremony at 1:00 p.m.

WHERE: Community Health Center of Richmond, 235 Port Richmond Avenue, Staten Island, New York 10302

Health Fair participants include New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, Richmond University Medical Center, Staten Island University Hospital, New York City Department of Education Office of School Support Services, Health Plus Amerigroup, Nate’s Pharmacy, Bendiner & Schlesinger Medical Laboratories, Catholic Charities Community Services, New York City Transit, Creative Nails, D’Joanna’s Beauty Salon, City of New York Fire Department, NYCE Cuts, Costco Wholesale, Staten Island YMCA, Project Hospitality, Henry Schein.

Download the CHCR Health Fair flyer here.

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