CompleteCare Health Network and health centers across the country will celebrate National Health Center Week 2019, August 4–10. Locally, CompleteCare will host a Community Health Fair on Monday, August 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at CompleteCare’s Vineland Health Campus, 785 West Sherman Avenue. This free event is open to the public and will feature a variety of activities, including games, face painting, giveaways, health screenings, and music.
On Saturday, August 10, the organization will welcome the Consulate of Mexico, Philadelphia at St. Teresa of Avila Parish, 46 Central Avenue, Bridgeton. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Consulate will provide services including Mexican passports, voting IDs, birth certificates and more. CompleteCare and other local service organizations will also be on hand to offer health screenings, education and information. This is also a free event.
“We have more events than ever during our 2019 National Health Center Week celebration,” said Meghan Spinelli, vice president of Community Service & Government Relations for CompleteCare Health Network. “We are excited to host our annual health fair once again, but also add new activities for our patients, our employees and our community.”
National Health Center Week is an annual celebration that exists to promote and celebrate community health centers and their impact. The theme of this year’s celebration is “America’s Health Centers: Rooted in Communities.”
Across the country, community health centers serve over 28 million patients, many from low-income or medically underserved areas. CompleteCare and other centers like it offer patients access to affordable and high-quality health care including primary medical, dental, women’s health, pediatrics, counseling services and specialty care.
In 2018, CompleteCare served over 61,000 patients in Cape May, Cumberland and Gloucester counties for over 265,882 visits. Of those patients, 53 percent earned less than 100 percent of the federal poverty level and many were uninsured.
Aside from the two events mentioned above, CompleteCare will also host multiple private events during National Health Center Week including Patient Appreciation Day in Glassboro, a Community Day in Amity Heights, Health Center Staff Appreciation Day, Agricultural Worker Health Day, and Stakeholder Appreciation Day, where they plan to honor Congressman Jeff VanDrew for his commitment to community health centers.