National Health Center Week 2024

Every August, the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) sponsors National Health Center Week (NHCW) to celebrate and increase awareness of America’s 1,400 Community Health Centers (CHCs). This year’s theme is “Powering Communities Through Caring Connections”.

NHCW is an opportunity to highlight the commitment and passion of the staff, board members, and supporters who make it possible to provide quality, comprehensive healthcare services to more than 31.5 million patients across nearly 15,000 communities annually.

New Horizon Family Health Services invites you to celebrate National Health Center Week with us as we host a series of events, mayoral proclamations, and celebrations at our sites and in the community!

Monday, August 5 – Healthcare for People Experiencing Homelessness Day

To recognize those experiencing homelessness, New Horizon is highlighting our partnership with Miracle Hill Ministries and our Medical Respite Care Program, which is the first in the state of South Carolina. NHFHS’ new President & CEO, J. Brandon Gaffney, and NHFHS board members will tour the Medical Respite Care facilities at Miracle Hill Ministries’ Greenville Rescue Mission. We will also present donations collected from NHFHS staff to benefit the patients served by the Medical Respite Care Program.

To acknowledge the important work of health centers, City of Greenville Mayor, Knox White, is proclaiming this week as National Health Center Week! Greenville City Council Member and Mayor Pro Tem, Lillian Brock Flemming, will be delivering the proclamation at our 975 W. Faris Road office in Greenville at 9:00 am. 

Tuesday, August 6 – Dental Health Day

New Horizon Family Dental Care, located at 1 Memorial Medical Drive, opened its doors in 2006. Yet there are many in the community who are unaware of the range of quality preventative and restorative services offered by our highly trained team of professional dentists, hygienists, and support staff. Chief of Dentistry, Dr. Ashley Pedigo, will lead a virtual tour of the New Horizon Family Dental Care facilities, highlighting the wide range of services provided in our state-of-the-art facility. The video will be shared on our website and social platforms.

Wednesday, August 7 – Patient Appreciation Day

We’re celebrating our patients by offering light refreshments (fresh popcorn, cookies, and drinks) and giveaways in the lobby of each NHFHS medical office and dental office from 10 am – 2 pm. Patients can enter to win prizes provided by The Greenville Triumph, The Children’s Museum of the Upstate, Takeoff Mini Golf, Frankie’s Fun Park, and Publix. Patients at our Faris Road office can also make smoothies with Molina Healthcare’s ‘Blender Bike’ and enter to win a Molina goodie bag that includes a $25 Walmart gift card. 

We’re also encouraging visitors to sign up as a Health Center Advocate to support the work we do! Visit www.hcadvocacy.org/join to learn more about health center advocacy and why making your voice heard in support of health centers is important. 

Thursday, August 8 – Stakeholder Appreciation Day

On this day we are recognizing our board, elected officials, and community partners. We will highlight our new Board Chair, Ms. Doris Wofford, and share why she chooses to serve on NHFHS’ Board of Directors. We also invite local and state elected officials and community partners to tour our facilities. 

City of Travelers Rest Mayor Brandy Amidon will be presenting a National Health Center Week proclamation at our Travelers Rest office, located at 1588 Geer Highway, at 2:00 pm.

Friday, August 9 – Health Center Staff Appreciation Day

As part of Staff Appreciation Day, we invite you to consider joining our team! Are you seeking a new opportunity while making a difference in the health of your community? Drop by our Career Table today at 975 W. Faris Road in Greenville from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm to learn more about our job openings. For a full list of open positions, visit www.newhorizonfhs.org/careers/current-openings/.  

We are also celebrating our staff with a catered lunch and special gift. Staff members can also enter to win prizes provided by The Greenville Drive, Top Golf, and Frankie’s Fun Park.

Hispanic Heritage Month

For over 50 years, Hispanic Heritage Month has been celebrated in the United States from September 15 – October 15. Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the diverse cultures within Central and Latin America and other Spanish-speaking countries, and the contributions of those peoples to America. Join us as we recognize the contributions of some of our team members to the health of the communities we serve and learn how they celebrate their culture!

National Health Center Week

National Health Center Week Celebration and Veterans Appreciation Event
Thursday, August 16th
2:00pm – 6:00pm
975 West Faris Road
Greenville, SC 29605

Join New Horizon Family Health Services as we celebrate health centers (home of America’s health care heroes!) and show appreciation to Veterans in our community. Enjoy activities for the whole family including food truck fare, a kid’s zone, local exhibitors, health screenings for Veterans (1st 25 Veterans will receive a gift card), health education, senior exercise sessions, site tours, nutrition classes, music, giveaways and more! Admission is free.

 

American Diabetes Month

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. It can cause blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease, and other health problems if it’s not controlled.

One in 11 Americans have diabetes — that’s more than 29 million people. And another 86 million adults in the United States are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The good news? People who are at high risk for type 2 diabetes can lower their risk by more than half if they make healthy changes. These changes include: eating healthy, increasing physical activity, and losing weight.

How can American Diabetes Month make a difference?

We can use this month to raise awareness about diabetes risk factors and encourage people to make healthy changes.

Here are just a few ideas:

  • Encourage people to make small changes, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Talk to people in your community about getting regular checkups. They can get their blood pressure and cholesterol checked, and ask the doctor about their diabetes risk.
  • Ask doctors and nurses to be leaders in their communities by speaking about the importance of healthy eating and physical activity.

National Primary Care Week October 2 – 6

 

National Primary Care Week is an annual event to highlight the importance of primary care and bring health care professionals together to discuss and learn about the impacts climate change can and will have on human health and health care. NPCW’s goal is to engage physicians-in-training, students across the health care spectrum, and the general population on the indispensable role of primary care in our health care system.

Mental Illness Awareness Week October 2 – 6

 

 

Navigating life with a mental health condition can be tough, and the isolation, blame and secrecy that is often encouraged by stigma can create huge challenges to reaching out, getting needed support and living well. Learning how to avoid and address stigma are important for all of us, especially when you realize stigma’s effects:

  • People experiencing mental health conditions often face rejection, bullying and discrimination. This can make their journey to recovery longer and more difficult.
  • Mental health conditions are the leading cause of disability across the United States.
  • Even though most people can be successfully treated, less than half of the adults in the U.S. who need services and treatment get the help they need.
  • The average delay between the onset of symptoms and intervention is 8-10 years.
  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death of youth ages 15-24 and the tenth leading cause of death for all Americans.

– See more at: https://www.nami.org/stigmafree#sthash.sV94GLii.dpuf

National Dental Hygiene Month

October is National Dental Hygiene Month, an effort to celebrate the work dental hygienists do and to help raise awareness on the importance of good oral health.

National Dental Hygiene Month is an annual designation observed in October.

OBSERVE

Practice good dental hygiene. Set up an appointment with your dentist. Use #DentalHygieneMonth to post on social media.

HISTORY

The American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) and the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company have been teaming together during National Dental Hygiene Month (NDHM) since 2009, with the ADHA and the Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program (WOHP) working collaboratively to increase public awareness about the importance of maintaining good oral health.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) evolved from the “Day of Unity” held in October 1981 and conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. The Day of Unity soon became an entire week devoted to a range of activities conducted at the local, state, and national level. The activities conducted were as varied and diverse as the program sponsors but had common themes:

  • Mourning those who have died because of domestic violence
  • Celebrating those who have survived
  • Connecting those who work to end violence

These three themes remain a key focus of DVAM events today. In October 1987, the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed. That same year marks the initiation of the first national domestic violence toll-free hotline. In 1989, the U.S. Congress passed Public Law 101-112 designating October of that year as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Such legislation has passed every year since with NCADV providing key leadership in this effort. Each year, the Day of Unity is celebrated the first Monday of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

 

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) celebrated its 30th anniversary. Since its inception, NBCAM has been at the forefront of promoting awareness of breast cancer issues and has evolved along with the national dialogue on breast cancer. Today, NBCAM recognizes that although many great strides have been made in breast cancer awareness and treatment, there remains much to be accomplished. As NBCAM celebrated its 30th anniversary, they remain dedicated to educating and empowering women to take charge of their own breast health by practicing regular self-breast exams to identify any changes, scheduling regular visits and annual mammograms with their healthcare provider, adhering to prescribed treatment and knowing the facts about recurrence.

The third Friday in October each year is National Mammography Day, first proclaimed by President Clinton in 1993. On this day, or throughout the month, women are encouraged to make a mammography appointment. In 2017, National Mammography Day will be celebrated on October 20.