August 9, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Fawn O’Hara
Marketing Communications Manager
Baltimore Medical System Celebrates National Health Center Week
The week begins with a health education fair on August 12 and ends with a wellness fair on August 19
BALTIMORE, MD – August 7, 2017 – Baltimore Medical System, the largest Federally Qualified Health Center in Maryland, is bookending National Health Center Week with a pair of free health fairs including screenings and healthcare information on Saturday, August 12 and August 19.
The week begins with a Health Fair at the Middlesex location, at 1245 Eastern Boulevard, from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., rain or shine. The day includes health screenings, chronic disease education and self-management, dental health, giveaways (including back-to-school supplies), cooking tips, fruits and vegetables, exercise classes, music, games and more.
National Health Center Week has identified focus days for all health centers to celebrate their innovative services: Sunday, August 13 – Elected Officials Day, Monday, August 14 – Health Screening Day (with an emphasis on Colon Cancer Screenings), Tuesday, August 15 – Public Housing Day, Wednesday, August 16 – Health for the Homeless Day, Thursday, August 17 – Agricultural Worker Day, Friday, August 18 – Consumer Board Member Day.
The week concludes on Saturday, August 19 with the 2nd annual Education and Wellness Fair at the Belair-Edison location, at 3120 Erdman Avenue, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., rain or shine. Along with free admission comes health screenings, community resources, dental health, giveaways (including back-to-school supplies) music, food, kids’ activities and healthy lifestyle information.
“National Health Center Week is the perfect opportunity to showcase what we offer to our community,” said Shirley Sutton, CEO of BMS. “We have programs for everyone. Parents, kids, seniors, students, immigrants and anyone else who needs access to affordable care. We’ll help you get healthy and stay healthy. We are excited to celebrate a community of health in the neighborhoods we serve.”
Baltimore Medical System is a community-based, independent non-profit. The level of care it provides goes far beyond what is expected from a general practitioner. Patients and families have access to an entire team of healthcare providers, mental health counselors, extended hours and in-house pharmacies.
About Baltimore Medical System
Baltimore Medical System is the largest Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) system in Maryland and has become the provider of choice for a growing population of new immigrants in the Baltimore area. Special efforts were made to become culturally competent by building a multicultural and bilingual staff and it now serves more than 8,000 people of Hispanic origin annually and approximately 950 to 1,100 refugees of many countries each year. Baltimore Medical System operates six health centers, four pharmacies and eight school-based health sites, and serves approximately 46,000 patients each year. For more information, visit bmsi.org.