HACKETTSTOWN, NJ - Zufall Health, a nonprofit community health center serving nearly 45,000 low-income and underserved patients in northern and central New Jersey, HELD “Hackettstown Family Fun Day” Saturday, August 5, 2023.
This back-to-school health event for children and families was open to the public and coincided with National Health Center Week. Studies shoe 1 in 11 people in the U.S., or about 30 million people, receive care at a Community Health Center (CHC). CHCs save the U.S. health care system an estimated $24 billion annually and generate more than $63 billion in local economic activity.
Zufall Health President and Chief Executive Officer Frances Palm and Senior Vice President of External Affairs Shade Cronan; Vice President of Community Engagement Michelle Blanchfield were in attendance. Zufall Health’s mission is “To provide access to quality, affordable and culturally responsive health care to people and communities who experience barriers to care”.
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Back-to-school backpacks and school supplies, a barbeque lunch, fresh produce, health insurance resources, maternal health resources, and giveaways all took place at the event. They have many families who travel from Phillipsburg through Warren County transportation for healthcare services. Physicals are available for children by appointment.
Over 400 individuals attended the health event, including 130 families. All kids left with brand new backpacks filled with school supplies and hygiene kits. Attendees also enjoyed receiving oral health education from the Children’s Oral Health Program, free fresh produce, BBQ lunches, games, and various health resources.
A number of children also received their back-to-school physicals onsite from providers like advance practice nurse Lauren Cuza, APN.
Event partners in attendance included Norwescap Head Start & Early Head Start, Parent to Parent Addiction Services of Warren County, the Warren County Department of Health, and Project Self-Sufficiency.
Event sponsors who provided resources included Aetna, BD, Benco Dental, Delta Dental of New Jersey, NJ FamilyCare, Aetna, Fingerpaint, Fulton Bank, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Healthcare, and Valley Bank.
About National Health Center Week
NCHW takes place during the second week of August each year to raise awareness of the impact of the nation’s 1500-plus CHCs.CHCs like Zufall Health provide underserved people with high-quality, affordable primary and preventative care. Key populations include people experiencing homelessness, agricultural workers, seniors, children, veterans and others who face geographic, financial, language, and insurance barriers to care.