The Community Health Center of Mason City will celebrate National Health Center week with a free community block party on Thursday, August 12 from 5 – 8 pm. The block party will take place in the parking lot and in their building located at 404 N Federal Avenue in Mason City. The celebration will include a meal, games, activities, resources for families and back-to-school healthcare for kids.
The event is part of a national campaign to increase awareness of the ways health centers are providing affordable health care in communities. National Health Center Week is August 8-14, the theme this year is “The Chemistry for Strong Communities.” Events are held nationwide to celebrate the accomplishments of America’s health centers as well as acknowledge the roll they have played during the ongoing pandemic. “Our mission is to provide quality healthcare services to all, this week is a great opportunity to not only celebrate health care centers, but to make our community aware that we are here for them all year long” said Community Health Center CEO, Renae Kruckenberg.
Community Health Center of Mason City is excited to bring back their block party this year after taking 2020 off due to the pandemic. Free well child checks, immunizations, sports physicals, dental exams and COVID 19 vaccines (age 12+) will be offered that day and during the event. Appointments for health care services will be accepted from 10 am to 4 pm by calling 641-450-0601; walk-ins for health care services are welcome from 5 – 8 pm. A free meal will be served beginning at 5 pm and is open to the public. “We are lucky to have such great support from local businesses as well as the Cerro Gordo Pork Producers to be able to provide a meal during our event” said Regina Suhrbier, Outreach Coordinator for the Community Health Center.
The evening will also include games, activities and resources for families from many local organizations, businesses and clubs. The Salvation Army will be giving out back packs and school supplies, the Lions will be performing vision checks and the United Way of North Central Iowa will have shoes for kids.
A complete list of community participants and activities can be found on their event page on Facebook.