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MHCCHW receives a $50,000 grant for Ladies First

Thursday April 27, 2017
 Earlier this month, at the Circle of Hope Celebration held in Roanoke, Virginia, Susan G. Komen Virginia Blue Ridge Affiliate presented a check to the Martinsville-Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness for Ladies First: Community Breast Health Initiative. This money will be used to go towards impactful community outreach, education, increasing access to mammograms and other diagnostic tests for uninsured and underinsured women in our community. Ladies First is part of the MHC Coalition for Health and Wellness and has a partnership with Memorial Hospital of MHC, Radiology Associates, and Caring Hearts Free Clinic. The program operates in 3 locations: Health Connect (Uptown Martinsville), Bassett Family Practice (for the health center's patients) and at the Caring Hearts Free Clinic of Patrick County (Stuart, VA). For the 2016 grant cycle, Ladies First served nearly 330 people.

Pictured from Left: Heather Ferguson, Susan G. Komen Virginia Blue Ridge Board President; Lacy Harris, Health Access Coordinator; Mandy Dugger, Senior Referral Coordinator; Suellyn Danter, Health Connect Director receiving the check on behalf of the Martinsville-Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness (representing Ladies First: Community Breast Health Initiative); Denise Mignogna, volunteer and top fundraiser for Susan G. Komen Virginia Blue Ridge.

 


Project Connect - helping families connect to low-cost or free health care

Wednesday March 8, 2017

 

 Pictured: Travis Adkins, Community Storehouse Executive Director and Ann Walker, Project Connect/ FAMIS Outreach Advocate


Bassett Family Practice Celebrates National Health Center Week

Wednesday August 10, 2016
  • What: Bassett Family Practice Second Annual Open House 
  • Where: Bassett Family Practice, 324 TB Stanley Hwy, Bassett, VA 24055
  • When: Thursday, August, 11, 2016, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Details: Come by Bassett Family Practice during Open House to learn more about the facility, health screenings, light refreshments, children's activities and MORE!
Bassett, VA - August 10, 2016 - During National Health Center Week, Bassett Family Practice is joining community health centers and health advocates on the national campaign to raise public awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America's Health Center over the course of more than five decades. This year's theme for National Health Center Week 2016 (NHCW) is "Celebrating America's Health Centers: Innovators in Community Health". To celebrate, Bassett Family Practice is hosting their Second Annual Open House event, which will be free and open to the public.

One of the bright spots in America's healthcare system, health centers started over 50 years ago as a pilot project during President Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty. Today, they have compiled a significant record of success that includes:

• Producing $24 billion in annual health system savings
• Reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and unnecessary visits to the emergency room 
• Treating patients for a fraction of the average cost of one emergency room visit
• Maintaining patient satisfaction levels of nearly 100 percent
• Generating $26.5 billion in economic activity and over 230,000 jobs

Health centers not only prevent illness and foster wellness in the most challenging populations; they also produce innovative solutions to the most pressing healthcare issues in their communities, some of which include nutrition education, translation services, care coordination and case management and a sliding fee scale. Community health centers tailor the services they provide to meet the specific needs of their communities.

There are NHCW events scheduled across the country, including health fairs, Open Houses, visits by Members of Congress and state officials to local health centers, press conferences, back-to-school drives, community breakfasts, patient appreciation events, free health screenings and dental cleanings, and much more.

"We are very excited to open our doors to the community for our Open House, so that we can educate individuals about the health care services that we offer, along with solutions to barriers they may be facing that prevents them from receiving the care they need as part of their overall health and wellness", said Sarah Bowman, Practice Manager.

In addition to educational materials, there will also be free health screenings and tours of the facility offered, the opportunity to get up close to a police car, a firetruck, an ambulance and the Martinsville Speedway Pace Car, a Teddy Bear Clinic for children to bring their own teddy bear to for an exam, face painting, refreshments provided by Subway and Walgreens and MORE!

To learn more about NHCW and the listing of events please visit: www.healthcenterweek.org.
You can also follow the conversation using #NHCW16 or #CHCsInnovate on Facebook.

ABOUT BASSETT FAMILY PRACTICE
Bassett Family Practice is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that is part of the Martinsville-Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness. Bassett Family Practice is committed to providing comprehensive, primary health care services to medically underserved residents of Martinsville and Henry County as well as the neighboring areas of Patrick and Franklin Counties, regardless of the patient's ability to pay. Insured patients are also welcome at the clinic. The practice also offers appointments for common sicknesses, such as colds, children's health services, comprehensive physical exams, chronic disease management, lab services, integrated behavioral health services, coordination of patient care through referrals to healthcare specialists, help in getting medications that patients may not be able to otherwise afford. For more information or to schedule an appointment at Bassett Family Practice, please call Bassett Family Practice at 276-629-1076.


ABOUT THE MARTINSVILLE-HENRY COUNTY COALITION FOR HEALTH AND WELLNESS
The Martinsville-Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness is committed to reducing health risk factors and providing access to medical and primary health services at Bassett Family Practice, primarily for the uninsured and underserved in the Martinsville-Henry County area. The Martinsville-Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness also offers medication assistance, chronic disease self-management, aerobics, other fitness classes, and care coordination to its patients and local residents. Operations began in April 2005, funded by a five-year, $4.5 million grant from The Harvest Foundation.

 


Rev Your Bev at Bassett Family Practice

Wednesday May 18, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Brittany Anthony
Marketing, Development &
Community Relations Director
276-734-0035
banthony@healthycommunitymhc.org


BASSETT FAMILY PRACTICE TO CELEBRATE FOURTH ANNUAL REV YOUR BEV DAY ON MAY 18, 2016
Statewide day of action empowers Virginians to look for the sugar hiding in their beverages

• What: Rev Your Bev Day
• Where: Bassett Family Practice, 324 TB Stanley Hwy, Bassett, VA 24055
• When: May 18, 2016, 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
• Details: Come by the Rev Your Bev Day table to discover facts about a variety of beverages and how they can impact your overall health and wellness

Bassett, VA - On May 18, 2016 - Bassett Family Practice will join youth volunteers, teachers, and health advocates across the state to raise awareness about the health effects of sugary drinks as part of the Virginia Foundation for Health Youth and Y Street's Fourth Annual Rev Your Bev Day.

Rev Your Bev Day is a statewide day-of-action to change the way Virginians think about what they drink. Building on three years of success, this year's Rev Your Bev Day participants will have the unique opportunity to survey Virginians about sugar-sweetened beverages and their health effects.

Drinks like soda, sweet tea, and sports drinks contain lots of sugar, which our bodies turn into fat. When you add it up, sugary drinks can lead to death and disease for Virginians and their families.

"We really like to see individuals taking the initiative to invest in their own health. By choosing healthier beverages, they are reducing their risk for obesity, and other health problems such as heart disease, diabetes and tooth decay," said Bassett Family Practice's Health Educator, Cindy Cunningham.

This year on Rev Your Bev Day, Bassett Family Practice will have a table setup with a fun demonstration to illustrate exactly how much sugar is in a variety of sugary drinks.

 

For more information, visit www.RevYourBev.com

 /RevYourBev |  /RevYourBev | #RevYourBev

 

ABOUT THE VIRGINIA FOUNDATION FOR HEALTHY YOUTH
Established by the Virginia General Assembly in 1999, the Virginia Foundation for Health Youth is responsible for statewide efforts to prevent and reduce youth tobacco use and childhood obesity. For more information, visit www.vfhy.org.

ABOUT BASSETT FAMILY PRACTICE
Bassett Family Practice is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that is part of the Martinsville Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness. Bassett Family Practice is committed to providing comprehensive, primary health care services to medically underserved residents of Martinsville and Henry County as well as the neighboring areas of Patrick and Franklin Counties, regardless of the patient's ability to pay. The practice also offers appointments for common sicknesses, such as colds, children's health services, comprehensive physical exams, chronic disease management, lab services, coordination of patient care through referrals to healthcare specialists, help in getting medications that patients may not be able to otherwise afford. For more information or to schedule an appointment at Bassett Family Practice, please call Bassett Family Practice at 276-629-1076.


ABOUT THE MARTINSVILLE-HENRY COUNTY COALITION FOR HEALTH AND WELLNESS
The Martinsville-Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness is committed to reducing health risk factors and providing access to medical and primary health services at Bassett Family Practice, primarily for the uninsured and underserved in the Martinsville-Henry County area. The Martinsville-Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness also offers medication assistance, chronic disease self-management, aerobics, other fitness classes, and care coordination to its patients and local residents. Operations began in April 2005, funded by a five-year, $4.5 million grant from The Harvest Foundation.

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MHC Coalition receives over $50,000 Grant from Komen Virginia Blue Ridge

Monday April 18, 2016
MARTINSVILLE, Va. - April 18, 2016 - Susan G. Komen Virginia Blue Ridge has awarded a $50,687.00 grant to Martinsville-Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness to enhance local breast health education and services as well as to expand their community outreach into Patrick County, where no mammography facilities exist.

At the Martinsville-Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness, the grant from Komen will support their Ladies First program, an initiative to provide screening mammograms for local, uninsured women who meet certain income guidelines. The program will involve a variety of community outreach activities and provide breast health education.

Susan G. Komen is the world's largest breast cancer organization, and Komen Virginia Blue Ridge is one of over a hundred Affiliates on the front lines dedicated to ending breast cancer in their communities. Komen Affiliates fund innovative breast health programs that provide vitally needed breast cancer screening, medical supplies, financial assistance (including emergency living expenses and insurance co-pays), as well as patient and family support.

"At Komen Virginia Blue Ridge, we conducted a needs assessment of our community and discovered that an estimated 172 women and men residing in our 31 city/county region will die from breast cancer this year," said Catherine Turner, Executive Director. "We are confident that through Ladies First, women in Martinsville and Henry County, and now Patrick County, will have access to the care they need."

"We are very excited to continue our mission of educating and providing access to breast health services in our local community through our Ladies First program and continue providing access to screening mammograms for local, uninsured women in our community as well as expanding our mission and strong efforts into the community of Patrick County," said the Coalition's Health Connect Director, Suellyn Danter.

About Martinsville-Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness
The Martinsville-Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness is committed to reducing health risk factors and providing access to medical and primary health services at Bassett Family Practice, primarily for the uninsured and underserved in the Martinsville/Henry County area. The Martinsville Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness also offers medication assistance, chronic disease self-management, aerobics, other fitness classes, and care coordination to its patients and local residents. Operations began in April 2005, funded by a five-year, $4.5 million grant from The Harvest Foundation.


About Susan G. Komen and Komen Virginia Blue Ridge

Susan G. Komen is the world's largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy's life. Komen Virginia Blue Ridge is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the local community. Through events like the Komen Virginia Blue Ridge Race for the Cure®, Komen Virginia Blue Ridge has invested over $2.1 million in community breast health programs in its 31 city/county service area and has helped contribute to the more than $889 million invested globally in research. For more information, call 540-400-8222 or visit komenvablueridge.org.

 
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