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Community Meetings to Take Place about Community Health Center

Schuylkill County’s VISION released a press release today to let county residents know that they will host a series of meetings open to the public to provide information and gain support for the development of a Community Health Center (CHC). The CHC would provide primary care to disadvantaged and low-income individuals and families.

The meetings will provide a description of the Community Health Center, as well as an opportunity for residents to get involved with defining needs and setting priorities as the Health Center develops.

Schuylkill County’s VISION is a non-profit organization that mobilizes organizations and individuals to make positive changes for Schuylkill County. To develop a Community Health Center, Schuylkill County’s VISION has brought together The Commonwealth Medical College and over 40 community organizations, agencies, and individuals, including the County’s three hospitals, practicing physicians, church groups, public provider agencies, and non-profit provider agencies.

“These public meetings are an important part of the development of the Health Center,” stated Kay Jones, Executive Director of Schuylkill County’s VISION. “We want people who will be served by the Center to have a say in the way it is designed to deliver healthcare. We need input on issues like location, hours of service, transportation, and other factors that will determine if the Center will be of real service to the community. We hope that people will come to these meetings and have a voice in these decisions.”

Meetings will be taking place:

Nov. 16 in Pottsville at the Terry Reiley Center, 216 North 12th Street
Nov. 29 in Shenandoah at the Shenandoah Senior Community Center, 116 N. Main Street
Nov. 30 in Tamaqua at the Tamaqua Community Center, 223 Center St.