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Happy Physician Assistants' Week!

"It's not how much you do, but how much love you put into the doing that matters."
-Mother Teresa

Below are some interesting facts about Physician Assistants ~


 


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Spring Branch Community Health Center provides low- and no-cost screenings to promote cancer prevention and education.

Houston, TX – Houston, TX – In observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Spring Branch Community Health Center (SBCHC) is joining with hundreds of healthcare providers and advocates across the nation to heighten the awareness of early detection and treatment. This month gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage women to seek regular medical advice and take action on a healthier lifestyle.

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month we observe and support the "Bring Your Brave Campaign” encouraging women and their families to raise awareness about the importance of women’s health and making healthy lifestyle choices as well as regularly visiting the doctor, getting educated on breast cancer, and starting general health conversations about Women’s Health and much more.

SBCHC is conducting a wide range of initiatives to provide information and assistance on the importance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. On October 16th we are launching a social media campaign with Susan G. Komen, our partners in the community, to provide important resources and healthy lifestyle tips for our online audience. Through programs like our Spring Branch Breast Health Program (SBBHP) we are able to help uninsured women and those that lack financial resources with a free screening mammogram.

Spring Branch Community Health Center has six clinic locations open five days a week with extended hours on certain weekends that offer discounted medical services and free education programs. For clinic hours, directions and parking information visit www.sbchc.net or call (713) 462-6565.

About SBCHC
SBCHC was formed in 2003 and began providing comprehensive health care services to indigent and low-income patients in the Spring Branch community in May 2004. Designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in September 2005, SBCHC offers medical care, mental health, and dental care for both children and adults regardless of income.

According to the CDC, other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. Getting mammograms regularly can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer. The United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends that if you are 50 to 74 years old, be sure to have a screening mammogram every two years. If you are 40 to 49 years old, talk to your doctor about when to start and how often to get a screening mammogram.
Breast Cancer Awareness Breast Cancer in Young Women Prevention Starts in Childhood
Breast Cancer Awareness Breast Cancer in Young Women Prevention Starts in Childhood
For more information about Breast Cancer Awareness and helpful resources to aid in the detection and treatment visit www5.komen.org

Countdown to the Launch of National Health Center Week 2017 Begins

National Campaign Celebrates the Key to Healthier Communities

Several events around the country are planned as part of National Health Center Week (NHCW). The national campaign runs August 13th-19th with the goal of raising awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s Health Centers over the course of more than five decades.


One of the bright spots in America’s health care system, Community Health Centers serve more than 25 million Americans, a number that continues to grow along with the demand for affordable primary care. They have compiled a significant record of success that includes:

  • Producing $24 billion in annual health system savings;
  • Reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and unnecessary visits to the emergency room;
  • Treating patients for a fraction of the average cost of one emergency room visit;
  • Maintaining patient satisfaction levels of nearly 100 percent;
  • Serving more than one in six Medicaid beneficiaries for less than two percent of the national Medicaid budget.

Health centers not only prevent illness and foster wellness in the most challenging populations, they produce innovative solutions to the most pressing health care issues in their communities. They reach beyond the walls of conventional medicine to address the factors that may cause sickness, such as lack of nutrition, mental illness, homelessness and opioid addiction. Because of their long record of success in innovation, managing health care costs, and reducing chronic disease, health centers have a proud tradition of bipartisan support in Congress.

There are NHCW events scheduled across the country, including health fairs, visits by Members of Congress and state officials to local health centers, press conferences, back-to-school drives, community breakfasts, patient appreciation events, free health screenings and dental cleanings, and much more. Visit www.sbchc.net for information on upcoming Back to School Vaccine Drives this week at our clinics.

To learn more about NHCW and the listing of events please visit: www.healthcenterweek.org

You can also follow the conversation using #NHCW17 on Twitter.



Ready for School?

Check those vaccine records!

Houston, TX - August is widely recognized as time to go back to school. It’s also National Immunization Month (NIAM), serving as a timely reminder the importance of getting vaccinated. Each year, thousands of children become ill from diseases that could have been prevented by basic childhood immunizations. Countless more miss time from day care and school because they are under-immunized or inappropriately immunized.


To help students prepare to go back to school, Spring Branch Community Health Center (SBCHC) is offering free vaccinations on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the entire month of July at their Katy and Cy-Fair clinic locations. Vaccines are for children ages 4-8 with Medicaid, CHIP or who are uninsured. Backpacks with school supplies will be distributed to children who receive vaccinations while supplies last. The clinics, located at at 5502 1st Street Katy, TX 77493 and 7777 Westgreen Blvd., Cypress, TX 77433 are open from 8am to 5pm. Walk-ins are welcome.


In addition to the weekday drives, SBCHC will provide free vaccines on Saturday, August 5th from 8-12pm at their West Houston Clinic location at 19333 Clay Road Katy, TX 77449. Vaccines will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis and all vaccinated children will receive backpacks with supplies while supplies last.


For more information about these and other SBCHC events, visit www.sbchc.net or call (713) 462-6565


June is Men’s Health Awareness Month

Spring Branch Community Health Center provides low- and no-cost screenings to promote cancer prevention and education.


Houston, TX - In observance of Men’s Health Awareness Month, Spring Branch Community Health Center (SBCHC) is joining with hundreds of healthcare providers and advocates across the nation to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems among men and boys. This month gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early detection and treatment of disease and injury.


During Men’s Health Month we observe Men’s Health Week (June 12-18th) and support "Wear BLUE” on National Wear Blue Day (#ShowUsYourBlue) on June 16th. Wear Blue was created to raise awareness about the importance of male health and making healthy lifestyle choices, regularly visiting the doctor, getting educated on heart disease or diabetes, and starting general health conversations about Men’s Health and much more.

SBCHC is conducting a wide range of initiatives to provide information and assistance on the importance of Men’s Health Month, including launching a social media campaign to provide important resources and healthy lifestyle tips from the Men’s Health Network to our online audience. Through programs like "Ask Advice Connect: A Smoking Cessation Program” and the "Colon Cancer Screening-FIT Testing,” we encourage the importance of providing high-quality care in various healthcare areas targeting the need for getting up-to-date checkups for a healthy lifestyle.

Spring Branch Community Health Center has five clinic locations open six days a week that offer discounted medical services and free education programs. For clinic hours, directions and parking information visit www.sbchc.net or call (713) 462-6565.

About SBCHC
SBCHC was formed in 2003 and began providing comprehensive health care services to indigent and low-income patients in the Spring Branch community in May 2004. Designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in September 2005, SBCHC offers medical care, mental health, and dental care for both children and adults regardless of income.

"The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This month gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury,” states menshealthmonth.org

For more information about Men’s Health’s Month and helpful resources to aid in the detection and treatment of disease among men and boys visit www.menshealthmonth.org


March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Spring Branch Community Health Center provides low- and no-cost screenings to promote cancer prevention and education.


Houston, TX - This March, the Spring Branch Community Health Center (SBCHC) is ramping up a collaboration with the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center to increase the number of patients that receive free colorectal cancer screenings. M.D. Anderson staff has trained providers at all three SBCHC clinics to assess the eligibilty of asymptomatic patients at average risk to encourage participation in the screening program.


"Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States,” said Luis Zelaya, Programs Manager at SBCHC. "Building awareness is an important part of increasing screening rates and ultimately saving lives.”

Screening tests look for cancer before a person has any signs or symptoms. Regular screenings can catch some cancers early, when they’re small, have not spread, and are easier to treat. With colorectal cancer, these tests can even prevent cancer from developing in the first place. Screening tests help prevent colorectal cancer by finding precancerous polyps (abnormal growths) so they can be removed.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that men and women between the ages of 50 and 75 get screened for colorectal cancer regularly. Colorectal cancer is often preventable, and early detection and treatment are critical.

Spring Branch Community Health Center has five clinic locations open six days a week that offer discounted medical services and free education programs. For clinic hours, directions and parking information visit www.sbchc.net or call (713) 462-6565.

About SBCHC
SBCHC was formed in 2003 and began providing comprehensive health care services to indigent and low-income patients in the Spring Branch community in May 2004. Designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in September 2005, SBCHC offers medical care, mental health, and dental care for both children and adults regardless of income.

According to the CDC-Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Every year, about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and more than 50,000 people die from it. But this disease is highly preventable, by getting screened beginning at age 50.

Screening tests help prevent colorectal cancer by finding precancerous polyps (abnormal growths) so they can be removed. Screening also finds this cancer early, when treatment can be most effective.

Screen for Life: National Colorectal Cancer Action Colorectal Cancer Personal Screening Stories Screen for Life Campaign Quiz


"Be Sweet to Your Heart”

Free Blood Pressure Screening will be provided



Houston, TX - On Tuesday, February 14, 2017, Spring Branch Community Health Center (SBCHC) will offer free blood pressure screenings from 1 pm to 4 pm at 4 of our clinics. Along with free blood pressure screenings we will also provide important material on heart disease awareness month and tips for a healthier lifestyle.


Blood pressure screenings will be provided at no cost, and medical professionals will be on hand to discuss risk factors (i.e., age, family history) and lifestyle choices (i.e., diet, exercise, and smoking). Participants can also immediately make an appointment to see a physician.

  • Who: Spring Branch Community Health Center
  • What: Providing free blood pressure screenings
  • When: Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 1:00-4:00 pm
  • Where:
    • Pitner Clinic (8575 Pitner Road, Houston, Texas 77080)
    • Hillendahl Clinic (1615 Hillendahl Blvd. Suite 100, Houston, Texas 77055)
    • West Houston Clinic (19333 Clay Road Katy, Texas 77449)
    • Katy Clinic (5502 1st Street, Katy, Texas 77493)

"By getting the right health services, screenings, and treatments, you are taking steps that help your chances for living a longer, healthier life,” explains Luis Zelaya, Program Manager. "When you know your numbers you can make lifestyle and dietary adjustments to avoid conditions like heart disease or diabetes.”

The event is open to the public, and everyone is invited to attend to take charge of their health and take advantage of the free screening. Spring Branch Community Health Center has five clinic locations open six days a week that offer discounted medical services and free education programs. For clinic hours, directions and parking information visit www.sbchc.net or call (713) 462-6565.

About SBCHC
SBCHC was formed in 2003 and began providing comprehensive health care services to indigent and low-income patients in the Spring Branch community in May 2004. Designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in September 2005, SBCHC offers medical care, mental health, and dental care for both children and adults regardless of income.

According to the American Heart Association-Did you know that more than 2,200 Americans die of heart disease every single day? That’s one death every 39 seconds. And on average, someone in the United States suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, while a stroke-related death occurs about every four minutes.

Visit the Heart Disease Research page from the American Heart Association to learn about goals, cutting-edge research initiatives and how you can make a difference in keeping your heart healthy. Make sure to visit the links below for added support in eating and exercising tips.

Suggested Servings from Each Food Group Exercise Tips Healthy Recipes

Health Screens & Healthy Greens Community Event

Free Health Screenings promote prevention and education with a side of groceries

 

Houston, TX - On Saturday, October 1 st , Spring Branch Community Health Center (SBCHC) will host a free health screening event from 8am to 12:30pm at 8575 Pitner Road. Free health food will be distributed from The Houston Food Bank thanks to our sponsors at the East Spring Branch Food Pantry to all participants that complete two of the three health screenings.


BMI, glucose and cholesterol screenings will be provided at no cost, and medical professionals will be on hand to discuss risk factors (i.e., age, family history) and lifestyle choices (i.e., diet, exercise, and smoking). Participants can also immediately make an appointment to see a physician.


  • Who: Spring Branch Community Health Center
  • What: Providing free health screenings and giving out free groceries to local families.
  • When: Saturday, October 1, 2016, 8-12:30pm
  • Where: Pitner Clinic (8575 Pitner Road, Houston, Texas 77080)

"By getting the right health services, screenings, and treatments, you are taking steps that help your chances for living a longer, healthier life,” explains Luis Zelaya, Program Manager. "When you know your numbers you can make lifestyle and dietary adjustments to avoid conditions like heart disease or diabetes.”

The event is open to the public, and everyone is invited to attend to take charge of their health and take advantage of the free food giveaways. Spring Branch Community Health Center has three clinic locations open six days a week that offer discounted medical services and free education programs. For clinic hours, directions and parking information visit www.sbchc.net or call (713) 462-6565.

About SBCHC
SBCHC was formed in 2003 and began providing comprehensive health care services to indigent and low-income patients in the Spring Branch community in May 2004. Designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in September 2005, SBCHC offers medical care, mental health, and dental care for both children and adults regardless of income.


Countdown to the Launch of National Health Center Week 2016 Begins

National Campaign Celebrates Health Centers as Bipartisan Solutions in Healthcare

 

Houston, TX - Several events around the country are planned as part of National Health Center Week (NHCW). The national campaign runs August 7-13th with the goal of raising awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s Health Centers over the course of more than five decades.


One of the bright spots in America’s healthcare system, health centers started over 50 years ago as a pilot project during President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. Today, they have compiled a significant record of success that includes:


  • Producing $24 billion in annual health system savings
  • Reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and unnecessary visits to the emergency room
  • Treating patients for a fraction of the average cost of one emergency room visit
  • Maintaining patient satisfaction levels of nearly 100 percent
  • Generating $26.5 billion in economic activity and over 230,000 jobs
  • Reducing infant mortality rates

Health centers not only prevent illness and foster wellness in the most challenging populations, they produce innovative solutions to the most pressing healthcare issues in their communities. They reach beyond the walls of conventional medicine to address the factors that may cause sickness, such as lack of nutrition, mental illness, homelessness and addiction. Because of their long record of success in innovation, managing healthcare costs, and reducing chronic disease, leaders in Congress have declared health centers a model of care that offers a "bipartisan solution to the primary care access problems” facing our nation.

There are NHCW events scheduled across the country, including health fairs, visits by Members of Congress and state officials to local health centers, press conferences, back-to-school drives, community breakfasts, patient appreciation events, free health screenings and dental cleanings, and much more. Make sure to visit our site at www.sbchc.net for more information on upcoming Back to School Vaccine Drives this week.

To learn more about NHCW and the listing of events please visit:
www.healthcenterweek.org

You can also follow the conversation using #NHCW16 or #CHCsInnovate on Twitter.



Ready for School?
Check those vaccine records!

 

Houston, TX - The month of August happens to be National Immunization Month (NIAM), serving as a reminder to all that we need vaccines throughout our lives. Getting vaccinated according to the recommended immunization schedule is one of the most important things a parent can do to protect their child’s health.


Spring Branch Community Health Center (SBCHC) is dedicated to making sure the children in the Spring Branch and West Houston communities are healthy and protected from preventable diseases. This year, SBCHC will host two Saturday vaccine drives. In addition, all three clinics are offering extended hours on certain weekdays as an added opportunity to get children vaccinated for FREE. Children aged 4-18 who have Medicaid or are uninsured are welcome to attend the events to receive FREE vaccinations. Backpacks with school supplies will be distributed to children who receive vaccinations while supplies last!


  • Who: Spring Branch Community Health Center
  • What: Back-to-School Vaccine Drives
  • When: Saturday August 13, 2016; Saturday August 20, 2016
  • Where: 8/13- Hillendahl Clinic-1615 Hillendahl Blvd., Ste. 100 Houston, TX 77055;
  • -- & -- 8/20-West Houston Clinic-19333 Clay Road Katy, TX 77449
  • Time: 9am - 1pm

About SBCHC

SBCHC was formed in 2003 and began providing comprehensive health care services to indigent and low-income patients in the Spring Branch community in May 2004. Designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in September 2005, SBCHC offers medical care, mental health, and dental care for both children and adults regardless of income. For more information about SBCHC’s upcoming free vaccine drives and other events, visit our website at www.sbchc.net or call (713) 462-6565 to schedule an appointment.



July is UV Safety Awareness Month
What is your UV IQ?

Enjoy a little vitamin D

 

Houston, TX - As the days lengthen and we spend more time outside, the medical experts at Spring Branch Community Health Center (SBCHC) want to make sure that we are all taking precautions to protect ourselves and our families from harmful UV rays.


There are health benefits associated with sun exposure. Recent studies have suggested that up to 50% of adults and children worldwide are vitamin D deficient. Vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin, can be produced in the body with mild sun exposure and is essential for calcium absorption, healthy bones, and teeth, and may have a protective effect against cancer, type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis. Sensible sun exposure on bare skin for 5-10 minutes 2-3 times per week will produce sufficient vitamin D levels.


Despite the importance of the sun for vitamin D synthesis, it is prudent to limit exposure of skin to sunlight and UV radiation from tanning beds. UV radiation is a carcinogen responsible for most of the estimated 1.5 million skin cancers and the 8,000 deaths due to metastatic melanoma that occurs annually in the United States.


Skin cancers are just one result of getting too much sun. Sunburn and tanning from too much exposure to UV rays are signs of skin damage. Long-term exposure can cause early skin aging, wrinkles, loss of skin elasticity, dark patches, and pre-cancerous skin changes.


Project Derm is a free skin cancer screening program offered at all SBCHC clinics through a collaboration with MD Anderson. Patients with or without insurance have the opportunity to see a dermatologist look for any new or changing lesions that might be cancerous or precancerous. Established uninsured patients can visit the Pitner clinic on July 8th to have their skin examined by an MD Anderson physician.


For information more information about where you can get tested, including free testing at SBCHC West Houston Clinic, visit www.sbchc.net or call (713) 462-6565 to schedule an appointment.

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May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

 

Houston, TX - As the flood waters recede and temperatures rise, Houstonians are spending more time outside, which increases sun exposure and the risk of skin cancer, the most common cancer in the United States. Most skin cancer, including melanoma - the deadliest kind of skin cancer - is caused by ultraviolet radiation from sunshine or tanning beds.


The medical experts at Spring Branch Community Health Center (SBCHC) urge everyone gearing up for summer to follow a complete sun protection regime. General precautions include avoiding direct sun exposure from 10 AM to 4 PM, wearing protective clothing, hats, and UV-blocking sunglasses, and using a broad spectrum, sweat-resistant, SPF 15+ sunscreen.


"Sun protection is a crucial component to preventing skin cancer,” explains Dr. Rachna Bharti, Chief Medical Officer at SBCHC. "In addition to sun protection, skin self-exams are important in detecting new, suspicious lesions. The earlier a skin cancer is identified, the easier it is to treat.” Skin cancer is highly treatable when detected early, but can become disfiguring, and even deadly, if allowed to grow.


Project Derm is a free skin cancer screening program offered at all SBCHC clinics through a collaboration with MD Anderson. Patients with or without insurance have the opportunity to see a dermatologist to look for any new or changing lesions that might be cancerous or precancerous.


For information more information about the health and wellness services provided at SBCHC clinics visit www.sbchc.net or call (713) 462-6565 to schedule an appointment.



April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month

 

Houston, TX - For the month of April, Spring Branch Community Health Center (SBCHC) is working to promote awareness around the most common cancer in males 15-35 years old: testicular cancer. The only risk factors linked to testicular cancer are family and personal medical history, and abnormal development of the testicles. There is some evidence that men who have AIDS have an increased risk of testicular cancer.


Testicular cancer is highly treatable, and usually curable - especially when caught early. Most of the time a lump or swelling in the testicle is the first symptom, though pain or discomfort in the groin, back or abdomen may be an indicator.


"Self-exams are the most effective method of early detection,” explains Dr. Rachna Bharti, the Chief Medical Officer at SBCHC. "Look and feel for any hard lumps or masses, or any change in the size or shape of your testicles and report any abnormalities to your doctor immediately.”


The 5-year survival rate for men diagnosed with early-stage testicular cancer is over 90 percent, though research indicates other factors including ethnicity and income may play a role. A study published in November 2015 by the Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology found that the survival rate was worse for African Americans and Latinos in comparison to Caucasians and for those living in lower socioeconomic neighborhoods.


Since none of the known risk factors can be prevented, the best ways for a man to take care of his health are awareness of risks and symptoms, early detection, and prompt treatment. Treatments can include surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy.

For information on SBCHC clinic locations and hours visit www.sbchc.net or call (713) 462-6565 to make an appointment.



Health Screens & Healthy Greens Community Event

Free Health Screenings promote prevention and education with a side of groceries

 

Houston, TX - On Saturday, April 2nd, Spring Branch Community Health Center (SBCHC) will host a free health screening event from 8:30am to 11:30am at 8575 Pitner Road. As an added bonus, free health food will be distributed from The Houston Food Bank to all participants that complete two of the three health screenings.


BMI, glucose and cholesterol screenings will be provided at no cost, and medical professionals will be on hand to discuss risk factors (i.e., age, family history) and lifestyle choices (i.e., diet, exercise, smoking). Participants can also immediately make an appointment to see a physician.


Health screenings and tests can help find problems before they start and help find problems early, when chances for treatment and cure are better. High blood pressure usually has no symptoms so it can't be detected without being measured, and greatly increases your risk of heart disease and stroke. High blood glucose levels put you at greater risk of developing insulin resistance, prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.


"By getting the right health services, screenings, and treatments, you are taking steps that help your chances for living a longer, healthier life,” explains Luis Zelaya, Program Coordinator. "When you know your numbers you can make lifestyle and dietary adjustments to avoid conditions like heart disease or diabetes.”


The event is open to the public, and everyone is invited to attend to take charge of their health and take advantage of the free food giveaways. Spring Branch Community Health Center has three clinic locations open six days a week that offer discounted medical services and free education programs. For clinic hours, directions and parking information visit www.sbchc.net or call (713) 462-6565



Important Health Screenings Offered to Houston Families

Spring Branch Community Health Center’s Spring Health Fest offers health screenings and free food for attendees.

 

Houston, TX - On Saturday, March 12th, the Spring Branch Community Health Center (SBCHC) will host a Spring Health Fest from 10am – 1pm. Free health screenings will be available at this family-friendly event, and as an added bonus, raffle items including a Houston dynamo packge and free food from The Houston Food Bank will be provided to participants that complete the 3 of the 4 health screenings provided.


Dozens of vendors including the Alzheimer’s Association, American Cancer Society, Community Health Choice, Depelchin Children's Center, Houston Community College, Houston Public Library, Houston-Galveston Area Agency on Aging, Spring Branch Family Development Center, Texas Children's Health Plan, and United Healthcare are scheduled to be on hand with information and resources readily available for attendees.


"We don’t want to just give people a test result and send them on their way,” said Gabrielle Foytik, Director of Community Health. "So many of us could change some aspect of our lifestyle or habits that could improve our health. The Spring Health Fest is a place to asccess resources and learn about health problems, treatment options and services available, and to use this knowledge to improve your health or the health of your community.”


Everyone in the Houston area is invited to attend to take advantage of the important health screenings, fun entertainment including a moonwalk for the kids, free popcorn, and food giveaways. The Spring Branch Community Health Center is located at 8575 Pitner Road. For directions and parking information visit visit www.sbchc.net/healthfest or call (713) 462-6565



March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Spring Branch Community Health Center provides low- and no-cost screenings to promote cancer prevention and education.

 

Houston, TX - This March, the Spring Branch Community Health Center (SBCHC) is ramping up a collaboration with the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center to increase the number of patients that receive free colorectal cancer screenings. M.D. Anderson staff has trained providers at all three SBCHC clinics to assess the eligibilty of asymptomatic patients at average risk to encourage participation in the screening program.


"Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States,” said Gabrielle Foytik, Director of Community Health at SBCHC. "Building awareness is an important part of increasing screening rates and ultimately saving lives.”


Screening tests look for cancer before a person has any signs or symptoms. Regular screenings can catch some cancers early, when they’re small, have not spread, and are easier to treat. With colorectal cancer, these tests can even prevent cancer from developing in the first place. Screening tests help prevent colorectal cancer by finding precancerous polyps (abnormal growths) so they can be removed.


The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that men and women between the ages of 50 and 75 get screened for colorectal cancer regularly. Colorectal cancer is often preventable, and early detection and treatment are critical


Information on SBCHC clinic locations and hours can be found online at www.sbchc.net To inquire about the screening program’s eligibilty requirements and to make an appointment, call (713) 462-6565




January is National Cervical Health Awareness Month

Spring Branch Community Health Center provides low- and no-cost screenings to promote cancer prevention and education.

 

Houston, TX - This January, the Spring Branch Community Health Center (SBCHC) is going teal in support of National Cervical Health Awareness Month. Employees at all three of the clinic locations across Spring Branch and West Houston will sport lapel ribbons as they proactively reach out to patients that are due for their annual screening. Hanging behind them are quilts barrowed from the National Cervical Cancer Coalition, displaying handwritten messages of support and encouragement from cancer survivors. In addition to these visibilty and awareness campaigns, SBCHC will host two education classes at Freed Community Center on January 13th and 21st to discuss issues related to cervical cancer, HPV disease and the importance of early detection.


"Nearly half of the cervical cancers cases reported occur among women who are rarely or never screened for cervical cancer,” said Gabrielle Foytik, Director of Community Health at SBCHC. "We want to women to know we are here, and that they should absolutely take advantage of our services. It could literally save their life.”


Through a collaborative initiative with 2-1-1 and The UT School of Public Health, SBCHC clinics will offer free cervical cancer screenings to eligible women in January. Screening tests look for cancer before a person has any signs or symptoms. Regular screenings can catch some cancers early, when they’re small, have not spread, and are easier to treat. With cervical cancer, these tests can even prevent cancer from developing in the first place.


For more information on the program and to inquire about eligibilty requirements, call 2-1-1 or visit www.sbchc.net for information on the upcoming classes, clinic locations and hours.




Spring Branch Community Health Center is Thankful for you!

We are so grateful for our dedicated donors, patients, volunteers, staff and community partners. With your support, this year we have expanded OB and Behavioral Health services and continue to make plans to expand our services next year.

We couldn't have done it without you. Have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.



5th Annual Fall Harvest Luncheon


The Board Members and Executive team at Spring Branch Community Health Center would like to thank you for joining us at our 5th Annual Fall Harvest Luncheon, held on November 12, 2015 at The Junior League of Houston. This year we had more than 180 attendees and 17 valued sponsors, who gathered in an effort to help raise funds for the underserved and uninsured individuals in the Spring Branch and West Houston communities.

The luncheon was a great success; we raised over $55,000 in donations.

Your generosity and support will help us continue to provide preventative care services to our patients, which they would otherwise not receive.

We hope you will support our efforts next year at the 2016 Fall Harvest Luncheon, and demonstrate your commitment to building a healthy community.

Pictures from the event have been posted on our Facebook page, be sure to visit


THANK YOU TO OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS FOR HELPING MAKE THE BACK TO SCHOOL VACCINE DRIVE A BIG SUCCESS

Community Health Choice generously donated over 200 back packs and volunteers assisted at the West Houston Community Health Center vaccine drive with coloring books for the children while waiting to be vaccinated

GE continues their commitment and support of the community with their donation of school supplies and back packs

Katy Christian Ministries generously contributed school supplies for the children’s back packs

K+S Consulting major donor for Back to School Vaccine Drive – Pitner Clinic

K+S generously donated back packs, fun activities for the children, and food to help ease the children’s anxiety while waiting to get vaccinated. The team from K+S Consulting provided 300 backpacks and generously donated their time in stuffing the back packs with school supplies.

On the day of the event, K+S Consulting also donated Grilled Cheese Sandwiches from the Golden Grill, ice cones from Kona Ice, Arts &Crafts, a DJ and an inflatable basketball hoop. Not only that, but the CEO and staff volunteered their time at the vaccine drive.

"As a healthcare company invested in improving health outcomes for our patients, it is a great pleasure for us to support Spring Branch Community Health Center’s mission and with their specific event goal of vaccinating school children and informing the community about all of their healthcare services,” said Omar Kiggundu, CEO of K+S Consulting.

Spring Branch CHC is most appreciative for the continued support and dedication from our partners.


COVERAGE AND ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE AT STAKE

Spring Branch Community Health Center was one of several community health centers that participated in a collaborative event during National Health Center Week, August 11th - 15th. The event was held to bring awareness to medical services provided by community health centers to residents without access to quality, affordable healthcare. Unfortunately, these health centers are at risk of losing government funding in 2015.

Some patients were on hand to share their story and spoke about the importance of government funding for health centers to treat patients such as themselves.

Free immunizations, sports physicals and health screenings were provided for school children without insurance or on Medicaid at a health fair that followed.

Congressman Sheila Jackson Lee attended the event in support of government funding for community health centers.



FREE VACCINE DRIVE

Annual Back to School Vaccine Drive providing FREE vaccines to children between the ages of 4-18who have CHIP, Medicaid or are uninsured. First 300 children will receive a FREE backpack with schoolsupplies. Must bring shot record.

August 9th, 9am - 1pm
West Houston Community Health Center
19333 Clay Road
Katy, TX 77449
713.462.6555

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August 16th, 9am - 1pm
Spring Branch Community Health Center
8575 Pitner Road
Houston, TX 77080
713.462.6545

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SPRING BRANCH COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER WALK FOR WELLNESS A HUGE SUCCESS

The Spring Branch Community Health Center 3rd Annual Walk for Wellness to raise awareness on diabetes, obesity and chronic diseases was another great success. The event held at Terry Hershey Park on Saturday, May 17thfrom Spring Branch ISD students, parents, teachers, community sponsors and supporters.

"Westwood Elementary School was the recipient of the Grand Prize of $1,000 worth of sports equipment for their school and a trophy for the most participants.

Thank you to all the participants and sponsors who made this possible, especially GE and United Healthcare who are major sponsors and supported us financially and with great volunteers,” said Michael Smith, Chief Development Officer for Spring Branch CHC.

"The support from the community demonstrates the need to educate the public on wellness and prevention by adopting a healthy lifestyle,” said Marlen Trujillo, CEO of Spring Branch CHC. 100% of the proceeds from the Walk for Wellness go toward the Spring Branch CHC Adult Diabetic Clinic and Pediatric Health and Fitness Program. Spring Branch CHC is committed to making a difference and provides these programs free to established patients.


KOMEN HOUSTON AWARDS SPRING BRANCH COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER $29,000 GRANT FOR BREAST HEALTH PROGRAM

Susan G. Komen® Houston awarded Spring Branch Community Health Center a community grant of $29,482 for the funding of the Spring Branch Breast Health Program.

"Our community faces financial, transportation and cultural barriers and it is the job of the Health Center to address the needs of the community and find ways to deliver the services needed,” said Marlen Trujillo, CEO of Spring Branch Community Health Center. "We are so grateful to Komen Houston for helping us remove these barriers and serve women who may otherwise not get screened.”

One case of breast cancer is diagnosed every two minutes, and one woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes in the U.S. Spring Branch Community Health Center provides high quality, comprehensive healthcare including family medicine, pediatrics, OB/GYN, mental health, dental and pharmacy. With the addition of the Breast Health Program, women with limited resources can now receive assistance with screenings, examinations, and breast education.

"Spring Branch Community Health Center is an extraordinary grant recipient organization that works endlessly to assist local women and men who are in great need of breast health services and Komen Houston is thrilled to be able to support their efforts to fight breast cancer in the Houston community,”said Adriana M. Higgins, Ed.D., Executive Director of Susan G. Komen® Houston.


Free Vaccines for Children

SBCHC will offer Free Vaccines for children (ages 4-18 years) who have Medicaid or are uninsured patients on the following dates in August:
•Saturday, August 3rd, 9am-1pm at the Pitner Clinic
•Mondays & Wednesdays, August 5th, 7th, 12th, and 14th, 4:00 – 8:00pm at the Hillendahl Clinic
•Tuesdays & Thursdays, August 6th, 8th, 13th, and 15th, 4:00 – 8:00pm at the Pitner Clinic

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Walk for Wellness this Weekend at Hershey Park

The Spring Branch Community Health Center will host its second Walk for Wellness 5K Fun Walk at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at Terry Hershey Park, 15200 Memorial Drive.

The center started the Walk for Wellness in 2012 to promote an active, healthy lifestyle and draw attention to chronic illnesses that are prevalent in the community, such as heart disease and diabetes. Regular exercise and a commitment to a healthy lifestyle can help people prevent or manage these and other common chronic illnesses.Read more...


SBCHC Receives Star Award from Houston West Chamber of Commerce

SBCHC Receives Star Award from Houston West Chamber of Commerce

The Houston West Chamber of Commerce Friday announced the winners of the 15th Annual Economic Development Summit and Star Awards Luncheon.

As outstanding businesses in West Houston who have achieved mighty and bold accomplishments, they normally go unnoticed. In their quest for creating business, these companies are having a positive influence in the community and bringing employees and positive economic shifts to West Houston. Read more...


Effort in Spring Branch targets obesity in kids

Getting your kid to have a healthy diet is all but impossible in these busy times, especially if you don't have the budget for costly health foods, right?

Not true, said Mike Smith, development director for the nonprofit Spring Branch Community Health Center, which is bringing back a program designed to help obese children and teens reach and maintain healthy weights.

"We try to break the myth that it's expensive to eat healthy," Smith said. "You don't have to go to Whole Foods and buy organic to do this. It's not as hard as it seems to be." Read more.


New West Houston Health Center to Open Summer 2013

New West Houston Health Center to Open Summer 2013

Back in November, SBCHC was awarded $200,000 from Community Health Choice to assist in the establishment of a community health center in the West Houston service area. With this help, we will now be able to build a new facility that will directly address the need for low cost comprehensive medical services in the targeted area, as well as, greatly reduce the time and distance traveled for those patients seeking our services now. The new facility will be located at 19333 Clay Road, Katy, TX 77449 between North Fry Road and Greenhouse Road. SBCHC expects to open the West Houston location in Summer 2013 and services will consist of family medicine, pediatrics, OB/GYN and dental services. Thank You Community Health Choice!


SBCHC's "Almost" 5k Walk

Health Center’s first 5K walk promotes awareness of chronic illness

Strong storms in the Houston area last Friday night, casting doubt on whether Spring Branch Community Health Center’s first wellness walk could happen.

But early Saturday morning the storms passed through, leaving if not clear skies at least dry ones for the 5K Walk for Wellness at Terry Hershey Park. Read more.


Ribbon Cutting at Pitner Clinic


Spring Branch Community Health Center would like to thank all of our community partners and agency representatives who came out to the Pitner Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

SBCHC would also like to send a special Thank You to the West Houston Chamber, Council Member Brenda Stardig as well as, Fratelli's Ristorante and HEB for all of the continual support.

Dental Services offered starting April 2011 at our Pitner Clinic

For more information, please call (713) 462-6545


A Special Surprise at The Lion Lane School

Watch how Spring Branch Community Health Center impacts one local school district.


New Programs at SBCHC

Weight Management Clinic

The Weight Management Clinic is a multidisciplinary program which has been developed for evaluation and treatment of obesity in children. The goal of the program is to make meaningful lasting lifestyle changes to control weight and to decrease possible medical complications of obesity. The patients enrolled in this program will be seen by pediatricians who specialize in obesity, registered dietitians and exercise specialists.

To make an appointment with a pediatrician to assess if your child qualifies for the SBCHC Weight Management Clinic contact: SBCHC Pitner Clinic (713) 462-6545.

Adult Diabetes Management Clinic

Using a multidisciplinary team, the Diabetes Management Clinic aims to manage and improve control of Diabetes in our patients with limited resources. A patient in this clinic will be seen by a Family Medicine Physician, a registered dietitian and a registered nurse. These patients will also receive free glucose testing supplies in order to monitor their progress. Our team’s goal is to educate patients about their disease and treatment options.

For appointments call SBCHC.

 


 

SBCHC Opens Satellite location at 8575 Pitner

As the need for medical services continued to increase the health center made a decision to increase the services they currently provide by adding a satellite. The new location, "SBCHC Pitner Clinic” is located at the Spring Branch Family Development Center (8575 Pitner Rd) in the clinical space. This location is offering both Pediatric and Adult Medicine Services to the residents and will add other services that include Dental and OB/GYN Services.

Federal Grant Renewed

SBCHC’s federal grant was renewed for the following three years of operation. The yearly amount of $660,469 will be used to provide quality affordable medical care to the Spring Branch Community.Read more...

SBCHC In the News

Spring Branch clinic expands space, scope

By Rusty Graham, The Memorial Examiner

Community health center relocates

Houston Chronicle (chron.com)

 

 

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