Monday, August 08, 2011
Broward Health Celebrates National Health Center Week
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – According to the National Association of Community Health Centers, “The second week of August each year 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 people in the U.S.”
Community Health Services is proud to participate in this nationally-recognized week of celebration with its event for South Florida’s homeless and underserved.
As part of National Health Center Week, Broward Health Community Health Services will be providing the following:
- glucose screening
- blood pressure screening
- HIV screenings
- diabetes and nutrition education
- refreshments and giveaways
What: Free health screenings and refreshments.
When: Wednesday, Aug. 10, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where: Specialty Care Center
1111 W. Broward Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
“Events such as these help to educate and expose the population to services that are available right in their neighborhood or just short distances from their homes,” says Nadine Reeves, nurse manager for Broward Health’s homeless team. “They provide on the spot screenings, which some may not take the time to have done otherwise.”
Community Health Services also sees this event as a precursor to the unveiling of its new Homeless Health Center, which will be completed in the fall of 2012. According to Reeves, the new building will be three times the size of the current structure and built on the existing campus. The need for a new facility stems from the significant increase in Broward County’s homeless population, up as much as 18 percent since January 2009.
Broward Health, providing service for more than 50 years, is a nationally recognized system offering world class healthcare services to our neighbors in South Florida. One of the 10 largest public health systems in the nation, Broward Health includes Broward General Medical Center, North Broward Medical Center, Imperial Point Medical Center, Coral Springs Medical Center, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston and more than 30 facilities of the Community Health Services and Broward Health Physician Group. For more information, visit BrowardHealth.org.