Post by Siobahn Kinney, Interactive Media/Technology Coordinator
We already know that Connecticut’s community health centers transform the health care of their local communities 365 days a year! But for seven days in August, during National Health Center Week, we take some time to really celebrate the important work that our health centers do to provide quality health care to everyone, regardless of ability to pay.
Frankie Santiago, Health Center Superhero at Fair Haven Community Health Center
This year, CHCACT ran our second annual Health Center Superhero contest. It was appropriate this year that we could select five people who are transforming the health care of their communities. Of course, if we could give an award to every person working or volunteering at each health center, we would! This year we received nominations from all across the state, and our five winners ranged from board members to clinical staff to outreach workers. You can read more about this year’s winners here
. Just like last year, we were able to surprise all five of our winners with their awards!
Several of Connecticut’s health centers also had some important events this year. United Community & Family Services in Norwich marked the groundbreaking at their site, where they are expanding into what used to be a restaurant attached to their building.
Southwest Community Health Center
The new Albion Street Health Center
in Bridgeport celebrated the grand opening of their new health center at 46 Albion Street. The new site includes not only medical, dental and behavioral health services, but a supportive housing complex as well.
Generations Family Health Center in Willimantic honored Nancy Quimby (also one of our Superheroes!) with the Gil DeBarros award, celebrating a staff member who shows unwavering commitment to the health center and its mission.
Community Health Services and Charter Oak Health Center in Hartford, Community Health & Wellness Center of Greater Torrington and Fair Haven Community Health Center in New Haven all had health fairs throughout the week, offering free services, area vendors and activities for kids.
Optimus Health Care
Optimus staff at a Farmers’ Market. Photo by Dan Buchbinder
in Bridgeport had events all week ranging from voter registration to health fairs to a staff appreciation day. StayWell Health Center
in Waterbury also celebrated their staff with a cookout on Thursday.
And that’s just a sampling of the many activities from National Health Center Week! This year was packed with events – and we’re happy to see that so many of these events honored the staff members who make the health centers tick. With these dedicated personnel, Connecticut’s community health centers are able to transform the health of their local communities each and every day, year after year.