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Save the Date!

August 17, 2019

Bike Rally

Motorcycle Rally

benefiting Veterans & First Responders with PTSD

More information: 772-571-1986 or dbartholomew@tcchinc.org

September 28, 2019

Golf

Anniversary Classic Golf Tournament

Hawk's Nest Golf Club
8:30 am Shotgun Start

Join us in celebrating 26 years of service to Indian River County with our Anniversary Classic Golf Tournament. Enjoy a day of golf, fun and prizes - all for a good cause!

$130 per player
$500 per foursome

Contact 772-571-1986 or dbartholomew@tcchinc.org for more information.

Sponsorship opportunities are available if you would like to support the work of TCCH!

Click Here for sponsorship information

October 20, 2019

Great Duck Derby

Seventh Annual Great Duck Derby

Capt Hiram's SandBar
12:00 pm

On Sunday October 20, 2019 5,000 rubber ducks will race towards shore to the sandy beach at Capt Hiram's. If you are the adoptive parent of the first, second, or third place duck, you could win cash prizes! The grand prize is $1,000!

Visit www.TheGreatDuckDerby.com to adopt your duck online!

Click Here for sponsorship information

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State of Florida Receives Age-Friendly Designation

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Tallahassee, FL - Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins announced Tuesday that the State of Florida has joined the network of Age Friendly States and Communities, a move hailed by AARP as a major step toward making Florida even more livable for people of every age.

“I am pleased that Florida is joining this network to take concrete, actionable steps that will make our state more friendly and livable, not only for children and working-age adults, but also for older Floridians,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “Florida is among the nation’s most diverse and fastest-growing states, so pursuing age-friendly policies is common sense.”

“Florida joining the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities is a very significant step in the growing movement to make communities more livable, for people of all ages,” said AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins. “We want to thank Gov. DeSantis, Lt. Gov. Nunez and Elder Affairs Secretary Prudom for their leadership on this important issue.”

While more than 350 cities and counties have joined the network, Florida is only the fourth state to do so, and the first in the Sun Belt.

Some 25 Florida cities and counties have joined the network so far. Joining the network is the first step in a multi-year process. Member states and communities are encouraged to plan strategically and implement plans that best fit the assets and opportunities of that member state and community. Work focuses on any or all of eight age-friendly domains: Transportation, Housing, Public Spaces, Respect and Social Inclusion, Civic Participation and Employment, Social Participation, Community and Health Services, and Communication and Information.

TCCH is proud to be part of a network of community organizations in Indian River County contributing to the well-being of our senior population. Our new adult only, senior-focused facility promotes a relaxing environment in which our patients can receive the highest quality services to fit their needs.

We're dedicated to providing various services catered to seniors including physical exams, flu shots & pneumonia shots, diagnosis, treatment & medication management of disorders such as arthritis, high blood pressure, diabetes, acute & chronic illnesses, urinary tract infections & more. We also have a medication home delivery service for no extra charge which may be beneficial for patients who don't drive or who have mobility limitations.

Call 772-257-8224 to make an appointment at our adult-only facility located at 787 37th St. Ste 140, Vero Beach.

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TCCH awarded $10k by the Rotary Club of Vero Beach Oceanside

Treasure Coast Community Health (TCCH) and the Rotary Club of Vero Beach Oceanside share a long history of serving the community.

The Rotary Club of Vero Beach Oceanside Foundation has generously donated $10,000 of proceeds from their recent Wild Game Feast fundraising event to TCCH. This charitable contribution will benefit TCCH’s newly opened, seventh service site located in the 787 building near the hospital.

“The Rotary’s generosity will allow us to improve the overall patient experience at our newest location,” stated Vicki Soule, CEO of TCCH. “It is our hope that the new facility will assist us in furthering our mission of providing exceptional and accessible primary care to Indian River County. I would like to extend my sincerest thanks to Oceanside Rotary for their contribution to this mission.”

TCCH’s mission is to eliminate barriers by providing affordable, quality care to ALL people. Healthcare is changing, leaving many on the outskirts of accessible, quality primary care. Personal and financial situations can be unpredictable and can leave anyone without access to the care they need. For many, it’s a daily choice between putting food on the table or seeking medical care.

As a primary care facility, however, low-income status is NOT required to receive services. TCCH operates like any other primary care facility and has credible, capable medical providers on staff. Sliding fee scale discounts are available to those who qualify; however, TCCH also accepts most private insurances.

TCCH provides comprehensive, affordable medical, dental and behavioral health services. These primary care services include women’s health, family practice, geriatrics, pediatrics, pediatric & adult psychiatry, on-site discount pharmacies, pharmaceutical home delivery, on-site labs, x-ray services, and more.

Federally Qualified Health Centers like TCCH are America’s health care safety net, serving over 28 million patients nationwide. TCCH has served over 22,000 patients in the past year alone. Of those, 16% of the medical patients were uninsured and 44% of dental patients were uninsured while over 50% of patients were under 100% of the Federal Poverty Level.

To schedule an appointment at one of TCCH’s seven (7) Indian River County sites, please call 772-257-8224.

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win the silver bullet

WIN a 2003 Yamaha R1!

Enter to win a 2003 Yamaha R1 valued at over $7,500!

Raffle tickets are $50 each. For each ticket purchase, you will get a FREE duck in the race for our next Great Duck Derby & a chance to win $1,000!

The raffle drawing will take place at our Great Duck Derby on October 20,2019 at Capt Hiram's.

Call 772-571-1986 to buy your ticket or for more information. You can also contact dbartholomew@tcchinc.org.

Employee Appreciation Luncheon 2019

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It's your lucky day!

We are always conscious of the cost of healthcare. In an effort to ease the burden of medical bills, we are offering our patients a “LUCKY” discount.
Please call our billing office today @ (772) 257-8224 x 1171

To receive a 25% discount*

Your balance must be paid in full to receive this discount.

If you are unable to pay in full, we do offer payment arrangements that fit your budget.

*Offer good through the month of March 2019

SAFIR

Marijuana: Where We Are Today and What to Expect

Substance Abuse Free Indian River (SAFIR) is hosting a FREE event Friday, April 12th to debunk the myths surrounding marijuana use.

Learn about the impact of legalization, usage among youth, DUI & hospitalization rates and more.

Parents, law enforcement, school personnel, government and community members are all encouraged to attend.

Share with your friends & spread awareness about the consequences of marijuana use!

RSVP mbuldo@sacirc.org or 772-696-4239

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Are you ready to "kruise"?

Join us March 2, 2019 for our first annual Kruise for Kids Poker Run fundraising event!

Grab your bike and "kruise" around Indian River County and stop at some local hotspots along the way! Try your hand at a round of poker or enter a raffle for a chance to win a 2003 Yamaha R1, valued over $7,500!*
Vacation packages will also be available for auction including an Alaskan cruise, Castles of Ireland, France, Tuscany, Isle of Capri, Golf at Bodega Bay, Costa Rica, & an African photo safari.

Registration begins at 9:00 am with "Stands Up" at 10:00am at our TCCH Oslo Road center:
1545 Oslo Road, Vero Beach 32962

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Entry fee:
$20 for Driver
$10 per Passenger

Register: Call Dennis or Emily at 772-571-1986
or email dbartholomew@tcchinc.org

*Yamaha R1 drawing to be held at the Great Duck Derby, October 20, 2019.

Dental Team embarks on service trip to Dominican Republic

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Treasure Coast Community Health, Inc. (TCCH) partnered with the Sunrise Rotary Dental Team for their fourth annual dental service trip to the Dominican Republic, sending two dentists (Dr. Mark Gaponiuk & Dr. Zenaida Bongato), two dental assistants (Val Mendez & Melissa Strawter), and a dental hygienist (Claudia Boyarski) to help with this year’s service project.

The dental team worked in La Colorada, Dominican Republic, a poverty-ridden area with no drinking water, no electricity, and an average income of $80 per month. The group treated over 200 patients, providing over $60,000 worth of dental treatment at no charge to the patients or their families. The team also focused on providing education regarding the connection between dental and overall health in order to promote long term health and wellness throughout the area.

This was TCCH’s first service delivery outside of the country and the dental staff was excited to have expanded services beyond Indian River County, working to eliminate barriers to quality health care for the residents of La Colorada.

Listen as TCCH's Dr. Gaponiuk & Claudia Boyarski discuss their experiences: Click Here (this may link to a site not accessible to the visually impaired.)

TCCH Opens New Facility

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Treasure Coast Community Health, Inc. has announced the opening of a 7th facility located at 787 37th St, Suite 140 in Vero Beach.
To accommodate the rising need for quality, affordable healthcare in Indian River County, TCCH is opening this new medical facility to better serve patients by decreasing wait times and increasing access to services.
The new facility will provide Women’s Health, Behavioral Health & Family Practice services. Dr. Jennifer Moore, Joyce Wagner (PA-C), Michal Andries (LMHC), Iris Madison (LCSW) & Shela Anderson (APRN) will be among the many providers stationed at the 787 location.
“I’m so proud of our team and of the tremendous growth we’ve seen over the past 25 years,” stated Vicki Soule, CEO of TCCH. “It is our hope that the new facility will assist us in furthering our mission of providing exceptional and accessible primary care to Indian River County.”
TCCH’s mission is to eliminate barriers by providing affordable, quality care to ALL people. Just as all disparities, barriers to healthcare can hide in plain sight. Healthcare in the country is changing, leaving many on the outskirts of accessible, quality primary care. Personal and financial situations can be unpredictable and leave anyone in circumstances without access to the care they need.
TCCH provides comprehensive, affordable medical, dental and behavioral health services. These primary care services include women’s health, pediatrics, geriatrics, pediatric & adult psychiatry, on-site pharmacies, pharmaceutical home delivery, on-site labs, x-ray services, and more.

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Thanksgiving Meal Sites

In need of affordable holiday plans? Our friends at 211 HelpLine have compiled a list of Holiday Meal sites for the Treasure Coast.
Come out & celebrate the holidays with our community!

Not in Indian River County? Check out the full list here: http:thanksgiving.211pbtc.org/

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Sixth Annual Great Duck Derby: A Swimming Success

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Treasure Coast Community Health’s Sixth Annual Great Duck Derby fundraiser went swimmingly, drawing a huge crowd. The community-favorite maritime event took place on the sandy beaches of Capt. Hiram’s on Sunday October 14th. Hundreds of attendees enjoyed a day in the sun and sand while sporting every kind of duck attire imaginable, including duck hats, shirts, sunglasses, necklaces and more! Hiram’s was a sea of yellow before the ducks even hit the water!

While most event volunteers were busy selling duck attire, others were racing to input hundreds of last minute duck adoptions. Attendees and restaurant goers awaited the race while enjoying live music and Capt. Hiram’s famous atmosphere. Kids played by the water while the adults played by the bar - there was something for everyone to enjoy!

“I can’t tell you how many people I’ve talked to today who said how excited they are to be back to Captain Hiram’s,” said TCCH Business Development Director Dennis Bartholomew. The Great Duck Derby is often referred to as TCCH’s “friend-raiser” due to its large community involvement. This year’s Derby was no exception.

Quackers, the Great Duck Derby mascot, donned pirate attire for the occasion and was rarely spotted away from the dancefloor. In between sets, kids proudly announced their presence using their bright yellow, bill-shaped duck calls.

Following a rendition of “Call to Post”, SeaTow of Sebastian lowered 150 yards of oils booms into the water, creating a contained race track for the competing ducks. Spectators watched as 5,000 rubber ducks raced through the lagoon. Excitement grew as the ducks made their way toward the finish line with the help of a flock of splashing children.

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This year’s winners were Salt of the Earth Ministry (first place), Christina Sirman (second place), and Brittney Kerr (third place).

Once the winning ducks were collected, volunteers began gathering the remaining 4,997 ducks one by one, placing them in big, blue bins for transport to their next race destination. Volunteers worked diligently to ensure each duck was accounted for. In a flash, the sea of yellow had disappeared with no duck left behind.

Vicki Soule, CEO of TCCH, was thankful for all the volunteers and community support, “We are so pleased with the overwhelmingly positive response to our fundraiser this year. We want to thank, not only our volunteers, participants, and sponsors, but also all the individual businesses that acted as adoption sites. We know that contributed to our success and for that, we’re very grateful.”

The monies raised from the fundraiser will go toward TCCH’s mission of eliminating barriers to healthcare for all members of Indian River County, regardless of socioeconomic status.

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“At TCCH we will not refuse any patient due to their inability to pay. We rely heavily on local donations in order to provide comprehensive, affordable medical, dental and behavioral health services to all members of the community,” Soule said. “The Derby helps us build awareness within the community about the individuals in need of affordable primary care services.”

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, TCCH opens its doors, services and hearts to all, regardless of one’s ability to pay. As Indian River’s first and only Federally Qualified Health Center, TCCH offers comprehensive primary care, including medical, dental and behavioral health services. TCCH serves over 19,500 patients annually with more than 70,000 face-to-face patient visits. Sliding fee discounts may be available for patients with limited resources.

To schedule an appointment at one of TCCH’s six (6) Indian River County sites, please call 772-257-8224. For additional information or appointments please refer to TCCH’s website at www.tcchinc.org, TCCH’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/tcchinc/ or call 772-257-8224.

Duck-Napping in Vero Beach!

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Quackers has been duck-napped! The Great Duck Derby mascot, Quackers, was stolen from Historic Dodgertown last week.

Description: five foot tall, yellow inflatable duck, red lips with black sunglasses, currently training for a big race. Wants to rejoin his friends for the Great Duck Derby!

This is not the first duck-napping from Dodgertown. Poor Quackers was stolen two years ago. Does Vero have a serial duck-napper on our hands? While it is purely speculation at this point, the investigation into serial duck theft is ongoing.

Treasure Coast Community Health (TCCH) would like to thank the Vero Beach Police Department for their consideration and assistance during Quacker’s time of need.

TCCH would also like to encourage LEGAL duck adoptions for the upcoming Great Duck Derby. The Derby will be held at Captain Hiram’s on Sunday, October 14th. Hopefully Quackers will turn up before his big race! You can adopt online at www.TheGreatDuckDerby.com.

For information leading to the safe return of Quackers, please contact the Vero Beach Police Department or Treasure Coast Community Health at www.TheGreatDuckDerby.com.

TCCH awarded 2018 Health Center Quality Leader

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Treasure Coast Community Health, Inc. was recognized by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) as a 2018 Health Center Quality Leader, meaning TCCH has placed in the top 30% nationwide and achieved the best overall clinical performance among all health centers.

Only three other community health centers (CHCs) in the state of Florida received this recognition.

“This is an outstanding achievement, and all due to the dedication of TCCH staff,” says Vicki Soule, CEO of TCCH.

TCCH is part of a nationwide network of community health centers that serve more than 27 million Americans. For more than 50 years, health centers have served as America’s safety net and delivered affordable, accessible, quality, and cost effective primary healthcare services to patients. TCCH is held to the highest standard of quality care. To improve the overall quality and efficiency of health centers, HRSA presents these Quality Improvement Awards to the highest performing health centers across the nation.

According to HRSA Administrator George Sigounas, MS, Ph.D, “Quality, value-based care is a priority of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and HRSA-funded health centers serve as leaders in quality healthcare in the U.S.”. He continued, “Nearly all HRSA-funded health centers demonstrated improvement in one or more clinical quality measures from the year prior, and these funds will support health centers’ work to improve the quality of care they deliver every day in their communities around the country.”

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In addition to achieving Health Center Quality Leader status, TCCH was also recognized in the following categories:

Enhancing Access to Care: awarded to health centers that increased the total number of patients served and the number of patients receiving comprehensive services between 2016 and 2017.
Addressing Health Disparities: awarded to health centers that met, exceeded, or made at least 10% improvement toward healthy People 2020 goals across difference racial/ethnic groups.
Advancing Health Information Technology (HIT): recognized health centers that utilized HIT systems to increase access to care and advance quality of care.
Health centers with Patient-Centered Medical Home: awarded to health centers that achieved Patient-Centered Medical Home recognition. The Patient-Centered healthcare Home model is designed to promote comprehensive, coordinated, patient-centered care delivered by teams of primary care providers for both medical and dental needs.

It is hard to believe that TCCH started as an initiative to serve rural Migrant/Seasonal Farm workers in Fellsmere 25 years ago. Originally founded in 1993, Fellsmere Community Health Coalition became known as Treasure Coast Community Health in 2005 when the need for additional service locations throughout Indian River County was recognized. Today, TCCH is a nationally accredited, 501c3 non-profit, Federally Qualified Health Center providing medical, dental and behavioral health services to over 19,000 individuals a year with more than 70,000 face-to-face patient visits at six centers throughout Indian River County.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, TCCH opens its doors, services and hearts to all, regardless of one’s ability to pay. A sliding fee scale for payment of services is available for those needing assistance, and for those who qualify, services may be provided at little to no cost. TCCH patients are not limited to low income individuals, however. TCCH operates like any other primary care office where patients may request an appointment with their regular provider. Many patients choose TCCH for the high quality care offered at their facilities.

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Sixth Annual Duck Derby

Join TCCH for the Sixth Annual Great Duck Derby!

On Sunday October 14, 2018, 5,000 rubber ducks will race towards shore to the sandy beach at Capt Hiram's.
If you are the adoptive parent of the first, second, or third place duck, you could win cash prizes!

Come out & support TCCH at this family-fun event!

Adopt your duck today at www.TheGreatDuckDerby.com (This links to a site that may not be accessible to the visually impaired.)//
Duck adoptions ONLY $5!!

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National Health Center Week

TCCH will be celebrating National Health Center Week this year with a Health Fair on Wednesday, August 15th at First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach.
The event is part of a national campaign during the week of August 12th-18th to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s Health Centers and the dedicated staff who bring health care to the medically underserved.

Come out and help us celebrate the work of American's Health Centers!

Wednesday, August 15th 10:00am - 2:00pm

First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach
520 Royal Palm Blvd.
Vero Beach, FL 32960

The fair will be open to the public and is a great opportunity to preview the available resources within our community. In addition, health screenings will be available.

For more information, contact Colette Heid at 772-571-1989 or cheid@tcchinc.org.

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25th Anniversary Classic

Join us in celebrating 25 years of service to Indian River County with our 25th Anniversary Classic Golf Tournament!
Enjoy a day of golf, fun and prizes - all for a good cause!

June 16th
1:00 pm Shotgun Start

Bent Pine Golf Club
6001 Clubhouse Drive
Vero Beach, FL 32967

$130 per player
$500 per foursome

Click Here To Buy Tickets

The tournament will take place at the beautiful Bent Pine Golf Club and will include hors d'oeuvres and a goody bag for each player. We will also host a 50/50 raffle in addition to our prizes!

Sponsorship opportunities are available if you are unable to attend but would still like to support TCCH. Click Here to see Sponsorship Packages

For more information, call 772-571-1986

All proceeds will support TCCH's efforts to provide accessible, exceptional primary care to Indian River County.
At TCCH, we refuse no one due to inability to pay.
Your participation will provide accessible cost effective, quality, comprehensive health care to all persons regardless of their socio-economic circumstances.

Thank you for helping us provide healthcare to ALL people.

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Save the Date - Open House

Please join us on Monday April 23, 2018 from 4:30 pm - 6:40 pm as we showcase our new administration office.
Ribbon Cutting will be held at 5:30 pm.

Bridgewater Plaza
1555 Indian River Blvd., Suite B-210
Vero Beach, FL 32960

RSVP
ethompson@tcchinc.org
or call 772-571-1989

Join us for refreshments as we celebrate our new office!

Free Flu Shots

TCCH will be administering free flu vaccinations to current patients while supplies last.

The vaccines expire June 30th so don't wait to get your FREE shot!

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Save The Date

March 27, 2018
5:30pm - 7:30pm

New Horizons invites you to a special book signing by Linda (Dell Moore) Tuininga, author of "Every Fourth Girl." The title refers to the statistic that 1 in 4 girls in the US are sexually abused before the age of 18.

This memoir is a powerful story of one woman's indomitable spirit, despite a lifetime of abuse and resulting mental illness.

The evening features a reception, a presentation by the author, and a question and answer session about childhood trauma with Deborah Dreher, New Horizons Chief Clinical Officer.

Admission is free.

Don't miss your opportunity to attend this powerful event. Awareness and understanding are the first steps in making a difference.

Baci Trattoria
1918 14th Avenue
Vero Beach, FL

New Administration Offices

Monday March 12, 2018

Our Administration Office has moved to a new location at 1555 Indian River Blvd, Suite B-210 in the Bridgewater Plaza on Indian River Boulevard in Vero Beach. To better serve our growing number of patients, TCCH’s administration, finance, and human resource departments have moved into their new home in order to improve day-to-day operations, communication, and coordination.

TCCH would like to thank their dedicated staff who sorted, packed and worked with their hard working movers to make this happen. “I’m so proud of our team and the tremendous growth we’ve seen over the past year,” stated Vicki Soule, CEO of TCCH. “It is our hope that the new administration office will assist us in furthering our mission of providing exceptional and accessible primary care to Indian River County.”

You're Invited!

You're invited to the exclusive American Muscle Car Museum!
This private collection of automobiles is ONLY open for non-profit events.

February 24 | 5 - 9 pm

3500 Sarno Road
Melbourne, FL

Located in Melbourne, FL, this new 123,000 square foot complex houses the collection of Mark Pieloch. Mark has been a car enthusiast for over 40 years and has amassed over 250 cars that range from classic 1950's to 1970's American muscle cars, to modern "sophisticated" muscle like a 2017 Shelby GT350R.

Join us at this exclusive event and enjoy cocktails & hors d'oeuvres

Registration:
$60 per person
$100 for two

Call 772-571-1986 to register!!

NEW Home Delivery

Treasure Coast Community Health (TCCH) is now offering patients home delivery of their medications, with FREE delivery. Medication delivery is especially beneficial for patients who don't drive or those who have mobility issues. It is also convenient for people who are busy or those who want to avoid making multiple trips to the pharmacy. And with pills wrapped together by time of day and day of the week, there is no worry about ‘Mom’ or ‘Dad’ getting mixed up and taking the wrong medications.

Home delivery helps patients get the medications they need when they need them, so they can stay healthier.

TCCH is partnering with a company called Equiscript to provide this service as part of the 340B Program. The 340B Program allows qualifying safety net providers – not for profit community health centers including TCCH – to purchase medications from pharmaceutical companies at a reduced rate. The program costs the government nothing, and generates savings that help organizations provide more medical services in the communities they serve.

With a focus on personalized patient care and convenient delivery of prescribed medications, Treasure Coast Community Health's home delivery pharmacy program helps patients save time and stay healthier.

Ask your TCCH care provider, or call (772) 807-3093 to enroll.

Babies and Beyond

Every mother, every family, every baby deserves a healthy start.

TCCH is hosting prenatal & childbirth classes in coordination with Indian River County's Healthy Start Coalition at our Fellsmere location.

Rather than Googling, attend one of these FREE evidence-based classes! Knowledge will boost confidence and prepare you for the birth of your baby! Join us for relaxed, informative, and interactive classes.

Click Here for the January schedule! - Link may not be accessible for the visually impaired.

Flu Season Expected to be Harsher This Year

Health officials say the United States could have a harsher than usual flu season, and is already showing influenza activity above the national baseline for the first time this season.
Michael Wiese, an epidemiologist for the Department of Health in Hillsborough County, said while flu seasons can be hard to predict, this year's strain could be concerning.
"The strain that's been detected as the primary circuiting strain of flu virus can cause more severe illness than some of the other strains," Wiese said.
Most flu activity peaks between December and February, but in Florida so far, the highest number of outbreaks have been seen in the Tampa Bay area.
Health officials like Maggie Hall, with the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County, say that could be an early indication of a more severe influenza season early next year.

She said it's not too late to vaccinate, but do it now before your holiday parties.

Click Here to Read More! - Link may not be accessible for the visually impaired.

Contact Your Senator

Our advocacy to deliver the Health Center message to Congress loudly and persistently has never been more important. Congress returned to work last week and is facing a long to do list of “must-pass” items before the end of the year.
One such item is the long-overdue extension of funding for Community Health Centers and other key programs like the National Health Service Corps and the Teaching Health Centers Program.

As Congress begins their work for the remaining month of 2017, we want to make sure you as Advocates are informed and have the latest updates from Capitol Hill. Here is what we can share as of today:

• Without some action by December 8, the government will shut down.
• A fix to the Health Center funding cliff is tied to passage of an extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and other “health extenders.”
• December 8th is when the current Continuing Resolution (CR) which has been funding the government since the end of the fiscal year (back on October 1), is set to expire. Congress will likely pass a short-term CR on December 8th, which would kick the can for an additional two, possibly three, weeks. However, the negotiations are currently up in the air.
• Congress must also review the extension of funding for important health programs like the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, which covers nearly 9 million children. Of most interest to health center advocates is the extension of the Community Health Centers Fund (CHCF), which accounts for more than 70%
of federal grant funding for health centers, and which, like CHIP, expired on October 1. Without action to extend the fund this month, health centers will
begin seeing restricted funds as soon as January 1st.

While the endgame and timing remains unclear, the good news is the progress in the overall negotiation over these health extenders. And, without question, an enormous part of what has caused this progress is massive advocacy produced by Advocates like you.
Today, we urge Health Center Advocates to stay engaged and contact your Senate offices! The message remains simple - ask your Senators to act immediately to fix to the Health Centers Funding Cliff, you can ask them to include the Health Center Cliff fix as a part of the earliest available legislative vehicle, which right now appears to be the Continuing Resolution (CR) that must pass by December 8th.

TAKE ACTION NOW! - Click Here to contact your senator! - Link may not be accessible to the visually impaired.

Thank you for your advocacy – know that it is powerful and effective. And, most importantly, know that your advocacy is what will ensure that health centers continue thriving, caring for all those in need, for decades to come.

It's Open Enrollment Time

The Affordable Care Act (Obama Care) is still law.
If you want insurance starting January 1, 2018, you must be enrolled by December 15, 2017. Don't wait until the last minute! Schedule your appointment today. Open enrollment ends
December 15, 2017.

Get ready to apply for your
Health Insurance Marketplace coverage!
Certified Application Counselors (CAC's) are available free of charge to assist you with the application process.

Call today to schedule your appointment.
772-257-8224
772-646-6408.

Day, afternoon early evening and weekend appointments are available.
Do it today!

A SUICIDE BEREAVEMENT seminar is being held on Thursday, October 19th.

FREE COMMUNITY EDUCATION SEMINAR

If you or anyone you know has been affected by this horrible tragedy please share the attached information. If you are a healthcare professional or know anyone who may be interested in learning more please come to the seminar.
SUICIDE.......“THE MOST COMPLICATED,THE MOST MISUNDERSTOOD HUMAN BEHAVIOR”

SUICIDE BEREAVEMENT AND FAITH-BASED COMMUNITIES

Please direct all questions to Angie Messner mail to: lamessn@gmail.com

Thursday October 19th, 6:00- 8:00 pm
Indian River State College Mueller Center
Richardson Center
6155 College Lane
Vero Beach

LEARN ABOUT THE SPIRITUAL ASPECTS OF SUICIDE GRIEF AS IT AFFECTS INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES OF FAITH.

A panel of family members who have had a loved one
die by suicide will talk about their experiences.
SPONSORED BY CHRIST BY THE SEA UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

SPEAKER: ANGIE MESSNER, MA, CT, SUPPORT GROUP FACILITATOR
TRAINED BY: THE AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION
PLEASE REGISTER: LAMESSN@GMAIL.COM – 419-651-5401
PAMBJORKMAN@GMAIL.COM – 772-234-5935

After a hot and humid summer, we all look forward to the change of seasons. But fall and winter also bring "flu season", generally from October through April. We all "hope" we won't get the flu. But hope is not a strategy - the best protection against the flu is getting the vaccine! Call to make an appointment for your family! 772-257-8224

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends annual seasonal influenza vaccination for everyone 6 months and older, including children and adolescents, during the 2017–2018 influenza season. Special effort should be made to vaccinate individuals in the following groups:

All children, including infants born preterm, 6 months and older (on the basis of chronologic age) with conditions that increase the risk of complications from influenza (eg, children with chronic medical conditions such as pulmonary diseases like asthma, metabolic diseases like diabetes mellitus, hemoglobinopathies like sickle cell disease, hemodynamically significant cardiac disease, immunosuppression, or neurologic and neuro-developmental disorders);

All household contacts and out-of-home care providers of children with high-risk conditions or younger than 5 years, especially infants younger than 6 months;
Children and adolescents (6 months through 18 years of age) receiving an aspirin- or salicylate-containing medication, which places them at risk for Reye syndrome after influenza virus infection;
American Indian/Alaskan native children;

All health care personnel (HCP);

All child care providers and staff; and

All women who are pregnant, are considering pregnancy, are in the postpartum period, or are breastfeeding during the influenza season.
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TREASURE COAST - The Department of Children and Families (DCF), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), will implement the Food for Florida Disaster Food Assistance Program in Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties to assist individuals and families impacted by Hurricane Irma from October 6-10, 2017.

To qualify for the Food for Florida Disaster Food Assistance program, applicants must have lived or worked in one of the counties declared for FEMA Individual Assistance on September 5, and not be receiving food assistance through the regular Food Assistance Program. Additionally, eligible individuals and families must have suffered a disaster-related loss, such as damage to their homes or self-employment property, loss of food, reduction or loss of income, or have incurred other disaster-related expenses. DCF will provide or mail Electronic Benefits Transfer cards to eligible individuals and families to use at authorized USDA food retailers. The program counts only income and expenses from September 5 through October 4, 2017.

Individuals are encouraged to fill out the initial application for assistance online no later than the day before visiting the Food for Florida site.

The Food for Florida disaster food assistance program for Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties will take place:
October 6-10, 2017
St. Lucie County Fairgrounds
15601 W. Midway Road, Fort Pierce, Florida 34945

October 6-10, 2017
Indian River County Fairgrounds
7955 58th Avenue, Vero Beach, Florida 32967
For an application and more information, visit https:www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/access/fff/

Fix the Health Center Funding Cliff

Without Congressional action by September 30, the Health Center Funding Cliff will become a reality!

What does that mean for you? In just 5 days, the Health Center Program will suffer a 70% reduction to program funding. This funding is what allows us to provide Sliding Fee Discounts to patients with limited resources.

Indian River County patients could lose access to care, Health Center sites could close, and Health Center jobs could be lost. This is not just a local issue, it is a Nationwide issue.

This is the most important phone call you can make for your health!

Today’s action is simple:
Call Your Members of Congress and demand immediate action to fix the Health Center Funding Cliff by supporting the CHIME Act, HR 3770 and taking action to fix the cliff before September 30th.

Even if you have already called or taken action before today – we are asking you to call again, act again – put massive pressure on Congress to force action to fix the cliff before the clock runs out at the end of this week.

Make your calls now - dial the toll free Advocacy Hotline
1-866-456-3949
to be connected to your Members of Congress:

Your Members of Congress

U.S. House of Representative:

Bill Posey
U.S. Representative for Florida's 8th Congressional District

(If you live outside of the 8th Congressional District, please indicate your zip code when call to be connected to your congressional representative.)

Directions for the Advocacy Hotline:

Dial 1-866-456-3949, listen to the Health Center message prompt and enter your zip code to be connected to your Members of Congress.

Here is a call script for the Fix the Health Center Funding Cliff

For Calls to your Representative: I’m asking Representative Posey to co-sponsor HR 3770, the CHIME Act being led by Rep. Stefanik – this bill calls for a 5 year extension to Health Center funding. Can I count on the Congressman Posey to co-sponsor?

I’m calling today because I’m extremely concerned that Congress still hasn’t taken action to fix the Health Center Funding Cliff.

Without action by September 30th the Health Center Program will lose 70% of Program funding – this would be a devastating cut.

My Health Center and my community cannot afford to take this kind of hit; there are literal lives and jobs at stake.

Thanks for taking the time to talk with me today – I’m counting on my Representative to act to fix the Health Center Funding Cliff before the end of the month, September 30, 2017.

U.S. Senate:
Bill Nelson
Senator for the State of Florida

Marco Rubio
Senator for the State of Florida
(If you live outside of Florida, please indicate your zip code when call to be connected to your Senator.)

Directions for the Advocacy Hotline:

Dial 1-866-456-3949, listen to the Health Center message prompt and enter your zip code to be connected to your Members of Congress.

Here is a call script for the Fix the Health Center Funding Cliff

For Calls to your Senators: I’m asking Senator (Nelson) ( Rubio) to take immediate action to fix the Health Center Funding Cliff – the clock is ticking.

I’m calling today because I’m extremely concerned that Congress still hasn’t taken action to fix the Health Center Funding Cliff.

Without action by September 30th the Health Center Program will lose 70% of Program funding – this would be a devastating cut.

My Health Center and my community cannot afford to take this kind of hit; there are literal lives and jobs at stake.

Thanks for taking the time to talk with me today – I’m counting on the Senator to act to fix the Health Center Funding Cliff before the end of the month, September 30, 2017.

Won't you spare 6-9 minutes to make these call?

Please join us today in making this a top priority to FIX The HEALTH CENTER FUNDING CLIFF!

Treasure Coast Community Health
Providing Quality, Affordable Healthcare
in Indian River County
for 24 years

772-571-1986

Current Telephone Issue

Monday September 18, 2017
TCCH is experiencing telephone difficulties this morning, resulting in a constant busy signal. We are working on a resolution with the phone company. Please connect via our website and use either the "Request An Appointment" or log in via the "Patient Portal". We apologize in advance for the inconvenience. Thank you!

Post Hurricane Irma Update

The impact of Hurricane IRMA lives on....Dr. Patricia Walters will see all of her patients today at our OSLO facility, located at 1545 9th St. SW (Oslo Road) This is a temporary change related to vaccine storage requirements. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this causes.

Again, sincere thanks for your patience and understanding as we all recover from Hurricane IRMA.

TCCH Awarded Mental Health and Substance Abuse Funding

Today, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded more than $200 million to 1,178 health centers and 13 rural health organizations in every U.S. state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Pacific Basin to increase access to substance abuse and mental health services.
As a health center offering mental health and substance abuse services, Treasure Coast Community Health (TCCH) will receive $175,700 over the next year. TCCH will use this money to support expansion and integration of their mental health services and substance abuse services. This funding supports services that focus on the treatment, prevention, and awareness of opioid abuse in the primary care setting by increasing personnel, leveraging health information technology, and providing training.

“No corner of our country, from rural areas to urban centers, has escaped the scourge of the opioid crisis,” said HHS Secretary Tom Price, M.D. “The Trump Administration is taking strong, decisive action to respond to the crisis caused by the opioid epidemic. These grants from HRSA go directly to local organizations, which are best situated to address substance abuse and mental health issues in their own communities.”
TCCH offers comprehensive and integrated primary care services in Indian River County. Medicaid, Medicare, and most insurances are accepted, and a sliding fee scale discount is offered for qualified individuals with low income. For more information, or to make an appointment, call 772-257-8224.

Zika Information

Zika Virus Information

Zika fever is a mild febrile illness caused by a mosquito-borne virus similar to those that cause dengue and West Nile virus infection. It has been identified in several countries in Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean since 2015. Outbreaks have previously been reported in Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. Local transmission has been reported in Puerto Rico.

For more information about the Zika Virus, please call our office at 772-571-1986.

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