ALTON — Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation will mark National Health Center Week 2015 Aug. 9-15 with free screening events that reinforce its mission to lead individuals and communities to their healthiest lifestyles and raise awareness about the accomplishments of America’s health centers.
What began as a pilot project during President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty in 1965, community health centers serve more than 23 million uninsured or underinsured people nationwide. As the second largest federally qualified health center network in Illinois, SIHF, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, operates 29 health centers in the region, including six in Madison County, as well as a number of support services.
“SIHF is focused on making Madison County healthier than ever before by offering high-quality primary, dental and behavioral care to all, delivered with the utmost dignity and respect,” said Cathy Sabolo, health center manager at Alton Health Center, Alton Women’s Health Center and Good Samaritan Health Center in Alton.
In recognition of NHCW, SIHF is offering free blood pressure screenings and information booths at various locations during the week:
• Senior Services Plus, 2603 N. Rodgers, Alton, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10
• Salvation Army, 525 Alby St., Alton, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11
• Alton Farmers Market, Downtown Alton, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11
• Options Now, 4854 N. Alby, Godfrey, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14
• Market Street Community Block Party & Health Fair, Alton, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15