La Casa celebrating 30th anniversary

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer

Numerous activities are planned for La Casa Family Health Center’s fourth annual Health Care Center Celebration held this year in conjunction with its 30th anniversary in Portales. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the center.

The center is hosting the event during National Health Center week, which recognizes community health centers across the nation.

“Last year was the first time we included the health fair,” Marketing Director of La Casa Family Health Center Jeanette Chavez said. “We held it inside in our auditorium and it was so packed that this year we’re having to put it outside to accommodate all the people that went through there.”

Festivities include a health fair, car seat safety clinic, a face-painting clown, bouncy house and plenty of free food, music and entertainment.
United Blood Services will also be there with its bloodmobile.

“They are trying to get at least 30 (people) out there, because there was a blood shortage this summer and I’m pretty sure we can do it,” Chavez said.

Everyone is invited to attend the celebration and will have the opportunity to win 60 door prizes. Chavez said they have been supported by Clovis and Portales businesses and have had many gift certificates donated to them to give out as prizes.

Since it is not only a celebration but a health fair as well, there will be a number of health and wellness education booths with information about immunizations, nutrition education and blood pressure checks.

Those interested in Medicaid can apply for assistance and also parents can bring their child’s immunization record to update their vaccinations in order to be ready for school.

“Inside of our health center we’re going to be giving out immunizations to children and those are free, its a big push by the governor we’re trying to get everybody immunized,” Chavez said.

Just in time for back-to-school related events, the School Wellness Center will be having their open house from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday at the center’s central office.

Activities will include face painting, a clown, balloons and prizes. Those who attend will also have the opportunity to register to win a mountain bike.

Free backpacks filled with school supplies will be given to those who receive a wellness check-up. Lillie Trabal, school wellness coordinator, said children who are on Medicaid will receive a complete physical as well as the backpacks at no charge.

“It’s turning out to be a great service to the kids in town,” she said.