PLAINFIELD, NJ - In honor of National Health Center Week (NHCW), which has been celebrated for more than 30 years, the Plainfield Neighborhood Health Center (1700-58 Myrtle Avenue) hosted a free health fair event on Monday, August 10, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The health fair featured free health and dental screenings, nutritional information, adoption information, music, games, refreshments, giveaways and guest speakers.

Over a dozen organizations and vendors throughout the State of New Jersey attended the health fair including Drug Mart Pharmacy, of Plainfield, United Family and Children’s Society, of Plainfield, NJ SNAP, Homefirst Interfaith Housing & Family Services, of Plainfield, New Jersey Early Intervention System, Iris house, of Plainfield, Partnership for Maternal & Child Health of Northern New Jersey,  New Jersey Department of Children and Families, HOPES, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, WellCare Health Plans, Planned Parenthood, of Plainfield, Horizon, UnitedHealthcare and others.

According to National Health Center Week's website, “The goals of National Health Center Week are twofold: to enhance the visibility and profile of Community, Migrant, and Homeless, and Public Housing Centers; and to generate community pride and build support for the health centers program. National Health Center Week provides an ideal occasion to celebrate the long record of success and delivery of high quality, cost effective and accessible care across the nation. It is a great opportunity for health centers to speak out telling the story of their community-based model of care and creating public awareness of what they do and how they do it."

The next health fair will take place on Tuesday, August 11, at the Elizabeth Neighborhood Health Center. Individuals scheduled to speak at the Elizabeth event include Senator Raymond. J. Lesniak, Assemblyman Jamel C. Holley, Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, Mayor Chris Bollwage, Council President Patricia Perkins-Auguste, Councilman Manny Grova Jr. and Mary McTigue, Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Trinitas Hospital.