Center Plans Free Celebration for National Health Center Week

The Greater Prince William Community Health Center will celebrate National Health Center Week with free health screenings, patient education, tours and children's activities from August 7 to 9, 9am-3pm each day. The three-day event—which features the Sentara Digital Mobile Mammography Van, INOVA Diabetes Nutrition Counseling, LabCorp health screenings, Medicaid enrollment, and free car seats for qualifying patients—will be held at the Center at 4379 Ridgewood Center Drive in Woodbridge.

This year's theme for National Health Center Week, "Powering Healthier Communities," illustrates the impact community health centers are having in providing access to health care for all area residents regardless of age, income or insurance status. The Health Center welcomes the entire Prince William community—including Medicaid, Medicare and insurance patients—to its 2012 National Health Center Week celebration.

Schedule of Events

Program Date and Time Activity
Powering Women’s Health 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Tuesday, August 7
  • Free glucose, blood pressure, height/weight, diabetes and cholesterol screenings.
  • Free screening mammograms (appointment required).
  • Medicaid eligibility & renewal enrollment.
  • Diabetes nutrition patient education.
  • Free lunch, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Powering Healthy Children 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Wednesday, August 8
  • Free anemia, blood pressure, height/weight, cholesterol and diabetes screenings for kids.
  • Free vision screenings for kids.
  • Free oral health/dental screenings for kids.
  • Medicaid eligibility & renewal enrollment.
  • Moon bounce, Wii, face painting & kids’ activities.
  • Free lunch, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Community Open House 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Thursday, August 9
  • Free glucose, blood pressure, height/weight, diabetes and cholesterol screenings for women.
  • Free screening mammograms (appointment required).
  • Free car seats for qualifying patients.
  • Medicaid eligibility & renewal enrollment.
  • Open House With Other Organizations In Prince William: Children, Youth, & Family programs.
  • Free lunch, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"National Health Center Week recognizes our role in providing access to integrated and coordinated health care for everyone in our community," said Health Center Executive Director Frank J. Principi. "We work every day to prevent and manage illnesses like diabetes, hypertension, asthma, heart disease, dental disease and depression that affect families throughout our community. We also provide innovative programs, like our CenteringPregnancy® program for prenatal care, to ensure that we address comprehensive health needs. We encourage Prince William area residents to visit us during National Health Center Week and experience our approach to health care firsthand."

Eight-year-old Marlyn Chacon has her temperature taken as part of a checkup with Sonia Navarro in the Greater Prince William Community Health Center’s Primary Health Care Van at last year’s National Health Center Week celebration. The van will be a part of the Aug. 7-9 event this year as well.

Partners of the Health Center's National Health Center Week activities include: the Virginia Health Care Foundation, Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center, Potomac Health Foundation, Amerigroup, LabCorp, Inova Health System, Northern Virginia Family Service, Lake Ridge Lions Club, BB&T, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Prince William County/Manassas. All activities are free and open to the public.

For information about National Health Center Week activities, call 703.680.7950, Extension 123; visit; or like the "Greater Prince William Community Health Center" Facebook page. The Health Center is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that provides primary, prenatal, dental, and behavioral health services under one roof for the whole family.

Media Contact:
Frank J. Principi, Executive Director
Phone: 703.680.6524

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