Community Health Promotion Wins National Contest

POTTSTOWN PA – Community Health & Dental Care Inc. has been named one of 50 national winners in a federal Health Resources and Services Administration contest to increase access to well-child visits and improve pediatric immunizations, the federally qualified health center announced Tuesday (May 25, 2021). It will receive a $10,000 grant to implement its proposal, it added.

Community Health’s winning submission, titled “Centering Well Checks for a Healthier Community,” engaged parents so children of all ages can receive annual well checks, according to CEO Bridgette McGivern. It partnered with the YWCA Tri-County Area and the Ricketts Center “in a creative and innovative approach” to increase vaccination rates and provide well checks, she said.

Declines in vaccination coverage might leave young children and communities vulnerable to vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles, the federal Centers for Disease Control reports. It also noted that well-child visits declined since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. promotional ideas selected by the administration are intended to reinforce “the importance for parents and caregivers to maintain child well-visits” and ensure timely vaccinations.

The center’s ideas were selected from among more than 240 submissions received from across the country. Winners represented pediatric primary care providers and partners, including federally qualified health centers, academic medical centers, community-based mobile units, and partnerships with local churches, fire departments and other community-based organizations.

The prize won by Community Health allows it to continue its well-child and immunization promotions through September. It could then qualify for an additional $25,000 award, it said.

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