TCCH to host health fair in honor of National Health Center Week

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Treasure Coast Community Health will hold a health fair to mark National Health Center Week 2018. The event is part of a national campaign during the week of August 12th-18th to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s Health Centers and the dedicated staff who bring health care to the medically underserved.

TCCH’s health fair will be held Wednesday, August 15th at First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach from 10am to 2pm. The fair will be open to the public and is a great opportunity to preview the available resources within our community. In addition, health screenings will be available. Over 30 community partners will be in attendance to showcase the services available to local residents. For more information, contact Colette Heid at 772-571-1989.

TCCH is part of a nationwide network of health centers that serve more than 27 million Americans. Health centers 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; serving more than one in six Medicaid beneficiaries for less than two percent of the national Medicaid budget; lowering the cost of children’s primary care by approximately 35 percent.

TCCH was originally founded in 1993 as Fellsmere Community Health Coalition to serve rural and Migrant/Seasonal Farm Workers and became known as Treasure Coast Community Health, Inc. (TCCH) in 2005 when the need for additional service locations was recognized. Today, TCCH is a nationally accredited 501c3 non-profit Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) providing medical, dental and behavioral health services at six centers throughout Indian River County. In 2017, TCCH provided 71,170 services to 19,541 unduplicated patients. 79 percent of those patients seen in 2017 were living below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. At TCCH, no one is turned away due to inability to pay.

These services are made possible by the heroes who work at health centers. Clinicians, nurses, pharmacists, health navigators, dentists, dental hygienists and assistants, behavioral health specialists and many more help make affordable health care possible for people in need are at the center of this year’s National Health Center Week. They reach beyond the wall of conventional medicine to address the factors that may cause sickness, such as lack of nutrition, mental illness, homelessness, and substance abuse disorders. It is their work that has helped reduce health care costs and reduce chronic disease, generating a record of success.

To schedule an appointment at one of TCCH’s six (6) Indian River County sites, please call 772-257-8224. For additional information or appointments please refer to TCCH’s website at www.tcchinc.org, TCCH’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/tcchinc/ or call 772-257-8224.

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