A renowned speaker on poverty and a giveaway of school supplies are two of the
free events planned as part of Community Health Center week Aug. 13 to 16.
The events are being sponsored by the Southwest Montana Community Health Center, with the help of Northwestern Energy and other community partners. The lineup is as follows:
• Monday, Aug. 13 – Superhero Day. All staff is welcomed to dress up as superheroes
to celebrate the day and note the role CHCs play in their communities.
• Tuesday, Aug. 14 – The Dillon clinic, 41 Barrett St., will hold its annual hot dog lunch which includes activities for kids and a giveaway of school supplies and a raffle for a picnic basket from 11:30 to 1 p.m. In addition, there will be a public housing health fair at the New Deal Center in Butte, 333 Arizona St., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Screenings for glucose, blood pressure checks and dental education will be offered as well as free toothbrushes, toothpaste and more.
• Wednesday, Aug. 15 -- Terie Dreussi-Smith, author of “Bridges Out of Poverty: Bridges to Health” will present to the CHC staff that day and then offers a community talk from 5 to 7:30 at the Butte Archives. This talk centers on poverty and addresses solutions to remove obstacles that patients need to lead healthier lives. Light appetizers will be served, and the public is welcome to the free event.
• Thursday, Aug. 16 – The Butte clinic, 445 Centennial Ave., will hold its hot dog barbecue from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. plus a host of activities and giveaways for kids and families. Face-painting, slime-making and a visit by animals available for adoption are planned as well as an appearance by Butte’s dancing firefighter who will also educate kids on fire safety. A large assortment of school supplies will be given away on a first-come, first serve basis, courtesy of Northwestern Energy and a raffle for backpacks and a picnic basket will be conducted. A live remote radio broadcast will be ongoing, so the community can learn about the services offered at the CHC. Hot dogs, chips, drinks and cake will be available. The entire event is free.
The Southwest Montana Community Health Center serves more than 13,000 patients each year providing primary medical, dental, pharmacy and behavioral health services. The clinic’s main site is in Butte with a satellite clinic in Dillon and pharmacy in Sheridan.