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Bowditch Health Center holds first open house

June 05, 2008

Thursday, June 5, 2008
By Vivian Ho
(c) Telegram & Gazette

WORCESTER - Elm Park-area residents last night were introduced to their new health center, the first of its kind in the state.

Residents were invited to an open house at the Helen A. Bowditch Health Center at Elm Park Community School and were invited to take advantage of free blood pressure screenings, health insurance counseling and presentations on after-school programs that will be available. Healthy refreshments and prizes for children also were offered.

Amanda Garrison, development assistant for the Family Health Center, which oversees operation of the Elm Park program, said the open house was primarily intended for residents of the neighborhod. "We've done a lot of outreach in the community...but we just wanted to wait for a nice time of the year for people to come out to the health center."

The community open house provided tours of the center, free blood pressure screenings, health benefits advising, as well as presentations of after school programs offered by th ecenter, healthy refreshments and give-aways for children.

Frances M. Anthes, president and chief executive officer of Family Health, said the open house allowed residents to see and learn more about the new health center, at 23 N. Ashland St. The center will be available to Elm Park Community School students and neighborhood residents from 3:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Services include primary health care, wellness and exercise programs, immunizations, health assessments and health education, disease management, prenatal care, dental services, pharmacy services and lab and X-ray services.