THE FREE CLINICS – Creating a Healthier Community – Henderson and Polk Counties
The Free Clinics invites our community to join our HealthWays team and help make Henderson and Polk Counties healthier places to live, work and play. HealthWays is a new pilot site of Microclinics International that improves community health by building on the premise that healthy living is contagious. HealthWays will create a local model of “viral health” building upon existing social networks of friends, families, neighbors, and colleagues and nurturing dynamic peer-to-peer learning and support.
The Free Clinics (TFC) is joining with the Henderson County Department of Public Health (HCDPH) to offer a fun, new way to improve health in our community. Thanks to support from the United Way of Henderson County and the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, TFC is bringing international experts to train 50 people as HealthWays facilitators.
There is still space available for these FREE training sessions. The Spanish-language training will be Tuesday and Wednesday 28 and 29 March (9:00 am – 5:00 pm). The English-language training will be Thursday and Friday 30 and 31 March (9:00 am – 5:00 pm) Lunch and afternoon snacks will be served.
Participation in HealthWays is not limited to persons eligible for TFC – everyone is welcome. The main criteria to be a facilitator is that you are passionate about health, comfortable speaking to groups, inspired and motivated. Facilitators must commit to leading one HealthWays program by March 2018.
Microclinics have produced amazing community health results. 95% of the participants in Bell County, Kentucky, saw long-term improvements of at least one important health measure, including lower blood sugar, lower blood pressure, and lower cholesterol.
“We are THRILLED to bring this exciting international model to Henderson and Polk Counties,” says Executive Director Judith Long. “We believe that this model will be a natural fit for our vibrant, engaged community and build upon our amazing strengths while helping us address the challenges of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. If you care about the health of your community, please join us at the end of this month and help us make health viral and contagious in Henderson and Polk Counties.”
Jim Faucett, Community Relations Director
The Free Clinics was established in 2001 and enhances the healthcare system in Henderson and Polk Counties to ensure the accessibility of quality healthcare for uninsured, low-income clients. The Free Clinics works with volunteers and partnering healthcare providers to provide healthcare, prevention, education, medication access, and case management services, including specialty referrals.