Across the country next week, tiny towns, major cities, and hundreds of communities in between, including Newtown, have an opportunity to recognize and celebrate their local public health centers and clinics.
These critical agencies like Newtown’s Kevin’s Community Center (KCC) are often the first line of defense or, in many cases, the last resort for individuals who find themselves without health insurance coverage, or with coverage so sparse or costly that they cannot avail themselves to other more conventional health care systems.
National Health Center Week (NHCW) runs August 13 to 19 with the goal of raising awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s health centers over the course of more than five decades.
In the case of Newtown, KCC has twice as much reason to celebrate after a 15-year journey that has taken the public clinic from the dusty confines of Canaan House on the Fairfield Hills Campus to temporary locations on Pecks Lane, and in somewhat cramped quarters in a medical/professional building on South Main Street to its new and permanent home at 25 Commerce Road.
During a tour provided recently to The Newtown Bee, founder Z. Michael Taweh, MD, Executive Director Michael Ronan, and Clinical Director Mary Nielson, DNP, APRN, revealed a number of plans for massive areas of their new building that are still in development.
While the new clinic offices have about the same sized and number of exam rooms, the facility is developing a medical resource library that will be open to the community, according to Ms Nielson.
“Community education is such an important part of what we’re trying to do here,” she said. “And this new space…
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