With the Cape Cod Parent Resource Fair rapidly approaching we will be sharing blog posts on our participating sponsors, vendors and nonprofits. You will find out more about these amazing businesses and what they offer to our community. They will be sharing their services, advice, what challenges face our community as well as upcoming events they will be having. Make sure to check out our virtual program and resource guide ahead of the event so you can plan for what you want to see including our famous speaker panels. If you preregister for the speakers you will earn extra raffle tickets. You also earn them by attending any of our entertainment sessions! Just email us and you will receive tickets at the door! We hope to see you at the Resource Fair!
1. Tell us about your business/non profit and how it benefits local families?
The mission of Community Health Center of Cape Cod is to improve the health of our community through the provision of comprehensive, high-quality, compassionate health care to all, regardless of ability to pay. The Health Center provides care to more than 17,000 individuals within a "complete medical home" model, where integrated health services are provided under one roof. This complete medical home model includes primary care, behavioral health care, dental care, women's health services, optometry, addiction recovery services, on-site affordable prescriptions, x-ray and ultrasound services, case management services, barrier assessments and assistance, Veterans care, and many other specialized programs for individuals and families.
2. Where is it located?
The Health Center has four locations: Mashpee (107 Commercial Street), Falmouth (210 Jones Road, in Homeport), Bourne (123 Waterhouse Road) and Centerville (1185B Falmouth Road).
3. What is your favorite thing about our community?
One of my favorite things about our community is just that: community. I come from a bigger city where most people kept to themselves and were sometimes overly self-focused. The Cape community, when it comes to business life and personal/family life, seems to be more friendly and collaborative and I like that about where we live. And you can’t beat the beauty and the beaches.
4. How else do you get involved with the community?
The Health Center is very active in our community and is always looking to identify ways to work together with like-minded organizations and to get the word out. We participate in a number of events like this throughout the year to try to inform the community about our services, programs and locations. We also engage in wellness and outreach activities to help families and individuals gain the resources they need to lead healthier lives. Our team of staff and volunteers are always looking for additional ways to engage with the community about health-related issues and how to address them. Personally, I am a Board Member for Philanthropy Partners of the Cape and Islands, a basketball and tee-ball coach for Brewster Recreation and a Junior Achievement volunteer with Falmouth VIPS.
5. What do you think are the biggest challenges facing parents in our community?
There are a number: affordability of housing, availability of child-care, access to health care and balancing work-life and home-life responsibilities. One way that Community Health Center of Cape Cod does address these issues is by providing comprehensive care services to anyone who needs care, and by providing support in the health insurance enrollment process at each of our offices.
6. What is your favorite memory or story over the years involving you and your business?
I have one that seems to occur on a relative frequent basis. It is often at events like these, or out in the community, when I tell people that I work at Community Health Center of Cape Cod. Some people have not heard of the organization, which means I am at the right place and talking to the right person so they can become informed. But for those people who have heard of us, almost all of the responses are overwhelmingly positive. They speak so highly about the care teams they see, and their experience at the Health Center. It makes me proud to be part of a team that is doing so much good in the community.
7. What advice would you give parents and caregivers in our community?
There are resources out there which cover so many different issues and topics, so don’t be afraid to us them. There is a wealth of information at local libraries, chambers of commerce, health care facilities and more. Being a parent can often-times be difficult and stressful, but there are people and organizations around that can make the process easier.
8. Do you have any specials, events, or anything else taking place this upcoming year that our parents should know about?
Community Health Center of Cape Cod is always accepting new patients, so if you are looking for any type of health care services, you are welcome to visit any of our offices, or our website at www.chcofcapecod.org. We also offer walk-in care in our Mashpee (Monday-Saturday) and Centerville (Monday-Thursday) offices, for anyone who needs it, regardless of if they are a Health Center patient. So if you or your children wake up and don’t feel great, you can stop by either of those offices for a visit. We will also be hosting an inaugural 5K fun run/walk on the evening of Tuesday, May 19. If anyone would like more information about this event, or any of the services and offerings at Community Health Center of Cape Cod, you can call Chris Ellis at (508) 477-5990.
Cape Cod Moms