Healthcare heroes, National Health Center Week, School Supplies, Springfield Illinois, Volunteer

National Health Center Week – celebrating our health heroes

National Health Center Week, which takes place between Sunday, August 12 and Saturday, August 18, celebrates the work of health centers across America and the home of our country’s healthcare heroes.

At our E. Cook St. location in Springfield, we will be distributing free school supplies, backpacks, and books all week long.

Tuesday, August 14 marks our Employee Appreciation Day, which we will be celebrating with ice cream, sundae fixings, cookies, and brownies.

Thursday, August 16 is our Patient Appreciation Day. In the morning, we will have Heartland Mini Hoofs delivering its Just Say Whoa to Bullying program at our E. Cook St clinic. This program takes a unique approach to bullying prevention by helping children recognize and respect the differences in each other and understand that everyone has something valuable to offer. By instilling these core values and encouraging good character, Just Say Whoa to Bullying builds a foundation of understanding and promotes a positive social environment, which – in turn – fosters kindness and good citizenship in our youngsters.

We’ll also have a cookout for patients and community members on Wednesday afternoon.

Our patients play an invaluable role in our centers because our board is made up of 51% of those who live in our community. We’re excited to celebrate patients and our consumer board members that keep our centers accountable and abreast of community needs.

We look forward to marking National Health Center Week 2018 with you.

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Illinois State Dental Society Foundation, Mission of Mercy, Springfield Illinois, Volunteer

Central Counties Health Centers’ staff to volunteer at Illinois Mission of Mercy in Springfield this month

2018 marks the fifth year of the Illinois State Dental Society Foundations’ Mission of Mercy, which takes place July 20 to 21 at the Bank of Springfield Center in downtown Springfield, IL.

Not only will Central Counties Health Centers’ have staff support the work that takes place at this year’s Mission of Mercy, but nearly all of our dental staff will be volunteering too.

Central Counties Health Centers’ staff are among other dental professionals in the state that have volunteered their time and skills to serve the uninsured, underinsured, and low-income population in great need of dental services.
Our dental staff, along with others from across Illinois, will be providing cleanings, fillings, extractions and limited partials.
Patients do not need to register but will be accepted on a first-come, first served basis clinic days.

In addition to the two-day event, on the 19th, volunteers will also screen up to 250 veterans, completing their registrations, medical triage, dental triage, and x-rays.

We are so proud to support this event and of our dental staff that is giving up their weekend to help those most in need.
Mission of Mercy is a great learning opportunity for dental students to volunteer as assistants and/or patient ambassadors.
If you are interested in volunteering, you must be 18 years or over, there are slots from 5.30am to noon and from 11.3am to 6 pm on the 20 and 21. In order for Mission of Mercy to be a success, the Illinois State Dental Society Foundation requires physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and hundreds of lay volunteers.

Volunteers are welcome to sign up for one shift, two, or for the full day.

To register as a volunteer, or for more information, visit