The Coastal Wave
The Coastal Wave is the monthly newsletter of Coastal Health & Wellness.
Coastal Health & Wellness remains ‘Rooted in Communities’
Coastal Health & Wellness (CHW) will celebrate National Health Center Week Aug. 4-10 and will host a Community Resource Fair, free to the public, on Friday, Aug. 9, 8:30 a.m.-noon.
This event is part of a national campaign to increase awareness of the ways in which health centers are providing affordable health care in communities. During this event, guests can learn more about CHW services, American Cancer Society services and resources, back-to-school immunizations and the Healthy Concepts Clinic. Guests can also take advantage of free HIV, Hepatitis C and Syphilis testing as well as free blood pressure and vision screenings. In addition, Galveston County Animal Resource Center will be on hand to offer $20 microchips for pets and will also have some animals available for adoption.
Plus, CHW is giving away free school supplies to children while they last.
CHW is part of a nationwide network of locally run health centers that serve more 28 million people nationwide.
“We are excited to celebrate National Health Center Week with our patients and the community,” said CHW Executive Director Kathy Barroso.
CHW’s clinics are recognized by the Joint Commission. Accreditation by the Joint Commission is considered the gold standard in health care. Health centers reduce unnecessary hospitalizations and visits to the emergency room. Community health centers treat patients for a fraction of the average cost of one emergency room visit and their success in managing chronic disease in medically vulnerable communities has helped reduce health care costs for American taxpayers.
CHW’s medical clinic offers high-quality primary care including well-child visits, women’s health, family planning, annual physicals, chronic disease management, sick care and more. X-ray, laboratory, prescription and referral services are available.
Early prenatal care for low-risk pregnancies is also available.
CHW offers basic dental services for all ages, from cleanings to tooth extractions. Dental providers pride themselves on not only meeting patient dental needs, but also contributing to their overall health and well-being.
In need of dentures, root canals or a crown? Be sure to ask about CHW’s affordable options.
Licensed professional counselors provide confidential one-on-one talk therapy sessions for mild to moderate mental health conditions including depression and anxiety. Services are available for adults and children. Evening appointments are also available.
Substance Use Disorder – Mental Health (SUD-MH) Program
CHW now offers a Substance Use Disorder-Mental Health (SUD-MH) program to patients who establish primary care at CHW. This program is intended to help those who struggle with opioid addiction and other substance use disorders.
Insurance is an important part of health care. CHW accepts Medicaid, Medicare and most major insurance plans and is constantly striving to add more. CHW has a dedicated team committed to helping patients understand their coverage.
The primary goal of community health centers across the country is to provide care to those with limited access to health care. That’s why CHW is proud to offer discounts for uninsured or under-insured patients.
CHW patients can now access the NextGen Patient Portal from the comfort of their cell phones.
The Patient Portal allows you to: send a message to your medical provider, nurse or the billing department; request and view appointments; request a prescription refill; view a summary of your health record and lab results; look up information about health topics; and view and pay your statement online.
Download the app today from the App Store or Google Play.
CHW clinics are located at the Mid-County Annex, 9850-C Emmett F. Lowry Expressway in Texas City and the Island Community Center, 4700 Broadway, F100 in Galveston. Same-day appointments are available at both clinic locations. For more information, call 409-938-2234 or visit www.coastalhw.org.