Community Services & Outreach
As part of a holistic approach to care, CHS provides social programs to complement the medical and dental care services patients receive at the heath center.
Annual Health Fair
Every year, the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) designates a week in August as National Health Center Week to recognize the service and contributions of community health centers.
CHS hosts the health fair every year, offering table top displays, free health screenings, information about health, wellness and services available in our departments. There also are vendors from the community with pamphlets and information regarding local resources for participants.
Annual World AIDS Day Commemoration
CHS and community organizations come together every year to host an annual World AIDS Day commemoration event. The event has live entertainment, refreshments and education on AIDS related topics affecting the Hartford community.
CHS operates a Food Pantry program that is available every other Friday from 8 am to 10 am and provides food assistance for over 175 families.
Emergency food assistance is available Monday through Thursday. Also on these days, there is a table stocked full of bread donations from Carter Sullivan for any patient who is in need to take home.
CHS also serves as a WIC site, where eligible parents are linked to the program.
For more information, please contact Pat Miles at (860) 808-8746.
Annual Turkey Drive
CHS partners with FoodShare annual to host a Thanksgiving Turkey Drive! Every year, we have donated over 1000 turkeys and Thanksgiving fixings to families who pre-signed and got approved by FoodShare. Without these donations, many families would not be able to celebrate Thanksgiving with a full table of food.
This event is always a success thanks to the many volunteers who help spread holiday cheer!
Hartford Mobile Market at CHS
The Hartford Mobile Market is a collaborative project of Hartford Food System and Hispanic Health Council. The mobile market stops at CHS every Friday from 10 am to 12 pm, while supplies last.
The mobile market offers fresh fruits and veggetables at an afforable price. SNAP, EBT, cash or debit is accepted at the market.
Limited vouchers are available for those who need assistance and qualify.
Reach Out & Read
CHS is a participating provider in the Reach Out and Read initiative. Reach Out and Read prepares America's youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together. Doctors, nurse practitioners, and other medical professionals incorporate Reach Out and Read's evidence-based model into regular pediatric checkups:
Trained doctors and nurses speak with parents about the importance of reading aloud, starting in infancy.
At each regular checkup from 6 months through 5 years of age, the child receives a new book to take home.
Developmental milestones are checked by observing the reaction of the child to the book.
Healthy Start Program
Annual Inner City Dental Mission
CHS is a Hartford Healthy Start program site offering services to help babies and mothers stay healthy and safe, FREE OF CHARGE.
In order to be in the program, you can enroll if you meet the following criteria
if you live in Hartford
if you are pregnant OR the mother of a baby or toddler less than 2 years old
enrolled in Medicaid or unable to enroll in Medicaid
Our Healthy Start Care Coordinator works to reduce infant deaths and poor birth outcomes! If you want to learn more, please contact 860.249.9625 ext 454
CHS and the West Indian Foundation, Inc. host the Inner-City Dental Mission yearly. The purpose of this dental mission is to address the growing need of oral health care for the underserved populations of the Greater Hartford area, particularly children and adults who lack dental insurance. Our goal is to continue to provide a day of free dental care to Connecticut’s most vulnerable populations. In addition to patients receiving free dental treatment, we will continue to provide complimentary rapid oral HIV screenings, blood pressure screenings, diabetes screenings, vision screenings, and oral cancer screenings using the most advanced state-of the art technology.
CHS has Certified Application Counselors who are available to help eligible individuals and families enroll in the HUSKY Medicaid program, and the Affordable Care Act Qualified Health Plans. (contact one of our Patient Advocate to make an Appointment)