Nice big crowd in the parking lot on Queen Street! Lots of music, games, giveaways, health information! Lots of families … so much learning going on! Great to see all the beautiful faces! pics:Rosalie Tirella
Check out their neighborhood health fair!
Annual Neighborhood Health Fair
Family Health Center of Worcester, Inc. welcomes you to join us for our annual Neighborhood Health Fair on Friday, August 12
At 26 Queen St.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Our health fair theme, “One Big Happy Family,” celebrates the global family located right here in our community. We hope you can join for this exciting, fun, family-oriented event that will rejoice in the vibrancy of our diverse city!
The Neighborhood Health Fair is an outdoor event held at 26 Queen St. which promotes health, fitness and fun!
Family Health Center staff will offer health screenings and insurance enrollment assistance to interested community members!
There will be food, music, games, balloons, face painting and much more!
… has a relatively new satellite clinic near Webster Square, on Park Ave (in the old Eddy’s pants building). FHC is my health center, so I popped by the Webster Square clinic today to get my yearly FLU SHOT!
FLU SHOTS WORK! GET YOURS NOW OR IN OCTOBER. FHC TURNS NO ONE AWAY. FREE!
The CITY OF WORCESTER Department of Public Health also accommodates – it runs several FREE FLU CLINICS IN THE CITY. Happening soon …
– R. Tirella
I took a few pics: the exam room, moi and the wonderful FHC nurse who gave me my vaccine!
Go, Family Health Center, go!!!!
I had an appointment with a nurse practitioner there a few days ago and noticed this flyer tacked to the bulletin board in the exam room … sounds like a super support group!
After my appointment at FHC, I drove in back of the nearby Chandler Street Elementary School to check on their playground. Looking good!
Then it was time for a stroll with my babies! Enjoying these two-dog daze! Summer – please! – don’t leave us!!! – R.T.
Family Health Center
Are you uninsured? Do you have questions about health insurance?
We can help!
Talk with one of our Health Benefits Advisors today.
Health Benefits Advisors are available at:
26 Queen Street in Worcester
Monday‐Friday 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
and at 32 Orchard Street in Southbridge Monday‐Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
No appointment needed!
YouthWorks – JOBS FOR WORCESTER YOUTH
Central Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board
44 Front Street, Suite 300
We will be receiving state funding again this year to support the YouthWorks Year-Round jobs program for low-income out-of-school youth ages 17-21 in Worcester.
It is anticipated that the program will serve 43 youth, divided into two groups with the first session starting January 12, 2015.
The program will run seven weeks, including an initial week of work-readiness training.
As in the past, we are seeking partners to assist us in participant recruitment and retention support, as well as employer host sites (some partners may serve as both).
If your organization wishes to serve as both a recruitment/retention support partner and host the youth within your organization, you need to complete a partner request form (it has a section of questions for partners who are hosting youth).
We are holding an information session about this year’s Year-Round program, as well as a debrief regarding this past summer’s program, next Wednesday (November 5) at 3 pm, here at the CMWIB office on Front Street.
PLEASE participate! Young people need jobs!
For more information, please call:(508)799-1509
Family Health Center of Worcester, Inc. welcomes you to join us for our annual Neighborhood Health Fair on Friday, August 15, at 26 Queen Street, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Our health fair theme, “One Big Happy Family,” celebrates the global family located right here in our community.
We hope you can join us as a partner for this exciting, fun, family-oriented event that will rejoice in the vibrancy and diversity of the Worcester community.
The Neighborhood Health Fair is an outdoor event held at 26 Queen Street which promotes health, fitness, and fun while educating the public about Family Health Center of Worcester and local agencies and services.
Family Health Center staff will offer health screenings and insurance enrollment assistance to interested community members and there will be food, music, games, balloons, face painting, and much more. The event also includes many exciting raffles at no cost to attendees. Last year, through the generosity of our donors, we were able to raffle adult and youth bicycles and tricycles all with safety helmets and several back-to-school backpacks full of school supplies.
The Neighborhood Health Fair is held annually during National Community Health Center Week, which takes place this year August 10-16, 2014.
Community Health Center Week celebrates the unique and important role that community health centers play by ensuring everyone has access to high quality health care, regardless of ability to pay. In 2013 alone, Family Health Center provided health care services to more than 33,000 people in the Worcester community in 37 languages.
By Worcester Mayor Joseph O’Brien
Barbara Haller is a tireless advocate, fighting for the people of District 4. No one works harder, no one is more committed to lifting up the quality of life for all the people in District 4 and our City.
Her work on making our city cleaner, safer, accessible and vibrant has clearly made a strong positive difference. We are all better because of Barbara’s service to our community.
Barbara Haller helps families
By “a resident,” District 4
During the H1N1 outbreak, parents were told to keep their children home from school if they had a fever. It quickly became apparent to our staff at the Academy School Health Center that many of our families did not own a thermometer and thus had difficulty determining whether their child had a fever.
When Barbara learned of the need (while serving on the Woodland Academy Task Force) she quickly came to the rescue by raising funds for thermometers for families. Barbara reached out to the Main South CDC and Clark University and the three of them brought funds to Family Health Center for this effort.
The thermometers were distributed via the Woodland and Claremont Academies School Based Health Center: a true partnership between a neighborhood centered elected official, neighborhood-based organizations, schools, and neighborhood based health care.
By Rosalie Tirella
Last week I wrote the piece about FHC’s inability to process SNAP (Food Stamp) applications.
First, I got a call from the wonderful Dennis Irish who, in his typical even-handed, thoughtful way, told me yes, the SNAP program had been stopped at FHC. He also told me FHC reapplied for grant $ and got it – so now FHC will once again be able to take Food Stamp applications! This is great!
Dennis also said he would get an email out to me, with more info., which he did:
Here it is:
Dennis Irish has asked me to follow up with you regarding SNAP outreach happening around the city. In addition to being able to apply at DTA as well as at St. Vincents Hospital and at UMass Memorial Hospital, SNAP application assistance is available at a variety of locations in the city. With the help of Project Bread funding, Family Health now has SNAP application assistance and information available daily from 9:30-2:30. Also, through continued funding from the Health Foundation of Central MA, Hunger-Free & Healthy is able to fund a mobile SNAP Outreach worker that travels to a variety of sites including Jeremiah’s Inn, Friendly House, Continue reading Family Health Center shit-storm
By Rosalie Tirella
With all the pols and papers in town congratulating themselves on how well Worcester is feeding its poor, I did not think I would see this telling little sight:
Today, in the early afternoon, at the Family Health Center on Queen Street, there’s a young Latino woman. She is bundled up against the cold in a short jacket. She is wearing sneakers. She comes up to the secretary in the doctors’ suite and says this: I was told I could apply for Food Stamps here.
She was told this by the un-sympathetic secretary: No, you can’t do that here any more. We lost the grant that pays the person to take your application. You have to go to the Department of Transitional Assistance now.
FUCKING PATHETIC! You want something to work on Mayor Joe O’Brien? Here it is! Project #1.
Here we are in the middle of Piedmont, with poor people just trying to stay abreast of heating bills, rent, etc, and Family Health Center which is, on the whole, responsible for the health of Worcester’s poor, can’t help a poor person put food on the table for herself (and I’m guessing) her kids. FHC can’t help a poor person stay healthy. Continue reading Depressing sight! Shame on FHC Executive Director Frances Anthes!
(editor’s note: This op/ed piece can be found in the current issue of InCity Times. Usually, I wait a few weeks or even a month to post some of the content from InCity Times on our website. But because I have gotten some calls by people who were so moved by the story – and a special request by an ICT reader to post this story on our website ASAP so other folks can read it – I am breaking my rule. Here’s hoping even MORE people read this moving/tragic story and work (in Cindy’s name) for UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE. – R.T.)
By Chris Horton
Cindy Chapman died Sunday morning at Umass Memorial Hospital in Worcester, MA, of complications due to cancer. She came here two years ago from New York City to find a new place and start a new life and now she is gone, victim of a failing safety net and a failing health care system. Ironically one of the attractions for her locating here was the reputation of our health care system. We know so little about her, why she was here and where she was coming from, what she left behind and why – yet we know everything about her too, because we know what she did and what she stood for, and we had the chance to see what she was made of when she was staring death in the face and making her final choices.
Cindy settled into Bancroft Towers, across from City Hall, with her cat Ugay. To people who work or live downtown she must have been a familiar sight, a perky little woman in her trademark beret or headscarf, walking Ugay around the Common on a leash. Continue reading Cindy Chapman is gone: a victim of our failing health care system