Central Health Enterprise Providing FREE Back-To-School Vaccinations and Sports Physicals

Central Health Southeast Health & Wellness Center
2901 Montopolis Drive
Austin, TX 78741
United States

Event Description:

In honor of National Health Center Week and back-to-school, the community is invited to two events in North and South Austin. The Central Health Enterprise will give away school backpacks, prizes, provide information about other resources, immunizations, and more.
South Austin
10 a.m.  – 2 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019
Central Health Southeast Health & Wellness Center, 2901 Montopolis Drive, Austin, TX 78741
WHO: Central Health, CommUnityCare Health Centers, Sendero Health Plans.
Central Health President & CEO Mike Geeslin, CommUnityCare CEO Jaeson T. Fournier.

(Austin) – Central Health, CommUnityCare Health Centers, and Sendero Health Plans are teaming up during National Health Center Week, Aug. 4-10, to host two back-to-school events. Students will receive free immunizations, sports physicals, backpacks, school supplies, and more.
Central Health-funded CommUnityCare, which is the largest system of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) in Travis County, will provide free immunizations on a first-come, first-served basis for children ages 4-18. As part of the Vaccine for Children Program, all vaccines are free and are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In Travis County, less than 67% of children ages 19-35 months have been fully vaccinated. This trails the overall rate in Texas (68%) and the nation (70%). For children living below the federal poverty level, that percentage falls to below 63%.
We will also be offering free sports physicals. These exams are required for all middle and high school students participating in athletics, cheerleading, and as of this year marching band. We encourage all students to take advantage of this service before school starts.
At CommUnityCare, no one is turned away or denied care or an immunization because of their inability to pay.
“Since CommUnityCare was officially designated as an FQHC in 2001, we have provided health services like immunizations to people regardless of their insurance status,” CommUnityCare Vice President of Health Center Advancement Matt Balthazar said. “This year, during National Health Center Week, we are celebrating the work of FQHC’s, while partnering with Central Health and Sendero to help children to go back-to-school vaccinated and equipped with school supplies.”
Health care professionals will be available on-site to review vaccinations and the health status of patients and determine which vaccines are needed for each student. Parents are advised to bring their children’s immunization records. All attendees are eligible to receive all services offered, as well as backpacks and school supplies - while supplies last.