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February 07, 2014 - Local Pols Encourage Families To Reach Out And Read
Local pols encourage families to Reach Out and Read
NORWALK -- Thursday morning, patients at the Norwalk Community Health Center got the important message to read aloud to your children from some local dignitaries.
On blankets in the health center's waiting room State Sen. Bob Duff (D-25) and state Rep. Chris Perone (D-137) visited and read to health center patients as part of the Reach Out and Read program.
"Any time we can promote literacy in any venue in our community is important," said Duff, who read "Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed," "Lola and the Library" and "Es Mio/It's Mine" to the assembled parents and children. "We can read to little kids who need to be read to every single day."
Reach Out and Read partners with pediatricians to provide books to families and encourages them to read together. The health center participates in the program through a United Way grant administered by the Norwalk Early Childhood Council.
"We promote early literacy and parental engagement," said Reach Out and Read state Program Director Christine Garber. The program, Garber said, uses the parent-doctor relationship to help prepare students for school. "Its really bringing it to a place all children go," she said "(Pediatricians are) usually very well respected by the parents. It's a trusted relationship. We would think if they were able to take advice from anyone, it would be from their pediatrician."
Nationally, Reach Out and Read reaches 5,000 pediatric practices, hospitals, clinics and health centers, 70 of which are in Connecticut, where it reaches 40,000 children and families.
The message, Perone said, was especially important as it is backed up by evidence.
"There are a lot of studies that show how important early reading is," he said. "There are even some studies that indicate kids who are reading like in this program are six months ahead by the time they hit kindergarten."
Perone, who read "Books, Books, Books" and "The Bear Went Over the Mountain," said Thursday's event was a great way to connect with the community.
"The moms loved it, the kids definitely loved it," he said. "Anything that brings parents and kids together (is good). It's important to demonstrate how important reading is to kids."
January 28, 2014 - Norwalk Community Health Center to provide free checkups, medical services for Head Start
Norwalk Community Health Center to provide free checkups, medical services for Head Start
NORWALK -- The Norwalk Community Health Center will provide medical services to local Head Start children under an agreement being worked out with the Norwalk Housing Authority (NHA)
"We are working with them to be their designated health provider for the children who require health services," said Lawrence Cross, Community Health Center CEO. "We're very excited to be partnering with them. We're going to provide them the medical services they need."
Cross met Wednesday with NHA officials, including Executive Director Curtis O. Law, as the housing authority prepares to take over operation of Norwalk's Head Start program (see related story).
"We're excited because they do an excellent job and it's part of the service that's offered by the Head Start program," Law said. "It will be part of the agreement. We have a number of providers that will be providing certain things. There will not be any cost to families."
Law said the medical services will include physical checkups and things of that nature.
The health center serves low-income residents in Norwalk and has operated since April 2010 from a new 24,500-square-foot facility at 120 Connecticut Ave.
The center takes care of 12,000 Norwalk residents, and provides over 48,000 medical office visits every year. Transportation to and from the health center is free for qualified individuals and families, according to the health center's website.
December 03, 2013 - NCHC receives recognition as a NCQA Patient Centered Medical Home
Norwalk Community Health Center receives prestigious recognition as a NCQA Patient Centered Medical Home.
Norwalk, CT (November 11, 2013) – Recently, Norwalk Community Health Center (NCHC) received Level 2 recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH 2011).
“The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of 21st century primary care that combines access, teamwork, and technology to deliver quality care and improve health,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “NCQA’s PCMH 2011 Recognition shows that Norwalk Community Health Center has tools, systems, and resources to provide their patients with the right care at the right time.” “The active, ongoing relationship between a patient and a physician in medical homes fosters an all-too-rare goal in care: staying healthy and preventing illness in the first place.”
In order to be recognized as a Patient Centered Medical Home with NCQA, an organization needs to show evidence of work towards improving access, continuity and culturally appropriate care, electronic charting tools to organize clinical information, patient-driven care, quality improvement and reporting on different clinical metrics, following evidence-based care management for chronic conditions, tracking test results and referrals, and coordination of care to outside health care organizations and agencies.
Chief Medical Officer Dr. Douglas Olson noted that "The health center's mission of providing comprehensive, patient-centered, high value, culturally appropriate care has again been recognized and the PCMH designation is a testament to that."
Norwalk Community Health Center has continually focused on providing the highest quality of care for its patients and serving all of their health care needs. The health center strives to enhance and improve the overall patient experience and strengthen the relationship between the patient and provider.
NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality and accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA is committed to providing health care quality information for consumers, purchasers, health care providers and researchers. NCQA Patient Centered Medical Home 2011 recognition is valid for three years.
Chief Executive Officer Lawrence Cross noted that “PCMH recognition represents a significant achievement by the health center in its strategy to deliver the best possible care to the residents of Norwalk. Patients can be assured that NCHC will continually strive to remain on the cutting edge of delivering quality health care to all, regardless of ability to pay.”
About Norwalk Community Health Center
A vital resource for thousands of Norwalk residents, young and old, the Norwalk Community Health Center is here for all who need us. We believe that everyone deserves access to quality medical care regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, age, health status, religion, sexual orientation, education or ability to pay.
As Norwalk’s Federally Qualified Health Center, our goal is to help all community residents share good health and quality of life. In a state-of-the-art medical facility on Connecticut Avenue, patients have access to comprehensive adult, pediatric and OB/GYN medical services.
Special support services are also available such as mental health and case management services, and programs in health, nutrition, and finance. In addition, NCHC serves the homeless and residents of public housing through its Mobile Medical Unit.
NCHC takes care of over 12,000 Norwalk residents, and provides over 45,000 medical office visits every year. Transportation to and from the health center is free for qualified individuals and families.
October 09, 2013 - October 21-25, 2013- Infection Control Prevention Week-Theme:
Infection Control Prevention Week
Theme:” Infection Prevention is Everyone’s Business”
October 21-25, 2013
Adult and Pediatric Skits
Educational Opportunities for staff and patients
May 27, 2011 - Welcome to Our New Website
Welcome to our recently launched web site featuring useful content including Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for new patients, health practitioner biographies and a Google map functionality to help patients find the Center.
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