ACH Capital Campaign Update

We have raised almost  85% of our $2 Million goal! We still have more to raise by August, so please click here to support access to healthcare in Southeast Raleigh.
Giving Back:
School Supply Drive
We are collecting school supplies for the kids in our community who visit our Pediatrics & Dental clinics. 

Date: June 13-June 22

Drop Off: 1001 Rock Quarry Road (Administration Building)

Suggested Donations:
 -Book Bags (unisex colors & themes)
- Notebooks
- Binders
- Pencils
- Crayons
- Colored Pencils
- Loose-leaf Paper
- Tape
- Scissors
- Small Calculators
- Highlighters
- etc.

For questions, please contact Wilma Metcalf at (919) 250-2946 or wmetcalf@advancechc.org
June Community Events
June 2, 5pm-7pm: Ready, Set, School at Marbles Kids Museum

June 4, 6:30am-10:30am: Run the Quay Runners Expo in Fuquay Varina

June 4, 1pm-4pm: Early Childhood Educators Summit at Marbles Kids Museum

June 16, 5:30pm-7pm: Take Care of You: Take Charge of Your Health Session #2- Reserve your spot here.

June 24, 7am-6pm: Kindergarten Day- We are offering back-to-schools physicals, immunizations, and dental exams. Every child with an appointment on this day will receive a free backpack provided by our community partner, Inter-faith Food Shuttle. To make your child's appointment today, please call (919) 231-3180.

June 24, 1pm-2pm: S ummer Nutrition Program Launch in Southeast Raleigh-  NC Department of Public Instruction & Wake Co. Schools will launch the summer food program in our Southeast Raleigh location. County Commissioner Matt Calabria has been confirmed as one of the Keynote Speakers. 

June 29, 8am-7pm: Back-to-School Day in Fuquay-Varina- We are offering back-to-schools physicals & immunizations. Every child with an appointment on this day will receive a free backpack provided by our community partner, Inter-faith Food Shuttle. To make your child's appointment today, please call (919) 833-3111.

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April-May 2016 
in Review
April 23:  Community Health & Wellness Fair- ACH Southeast Raleigh Campus

May 7: Apex Peak Fest- Apex, NC

May 19: Take Care of You: Take Charge of Your Health- ACH Southeast Raleigh Campus

May 24: Voter Registration- ACH Southeast Raleigh Campus
Locations
Locations
Southeast Raleigh
1001 Rock Quarry Road

Apex
212 S. Salem Street
  
Fuquay-Varina
130 N. Judd Parkway, NE

Louisburg
111 S. Church Street

Horizon Healthcare for the Homeless Outreach Center
South Wilmington Men's Shelter

Administrative Offices:
(919) 255-6721

Make an Appointment
Pediatrics: (
919) 231-3180
Dental: (919) 250-2930
All Others: (919) 833-3111
Take Charge of Your Health:
ACH & WakeMed Partner to Offer 
Patient Empowerment
Community members discuss health concerns

On Thursday, May 19, Advance Community Health (ACH) & WakeMed launched a monthly education series (including a healthy, hot meal) to allow Southeast Raleigh residents to take charge of their health. ACH's Dr. Leroy Darkes & WakeMed's Dr. Brian Klausner opened the series, called "Take Care of You: Take Charge of Your Health," with an overview of the program and why preventative care and a healthy lifestyle are important. Using the metaphor of a tsunami to describe the mounting costs of healthcare, Dr. Klausner explained that "the rising costs of healthcare interventions, like a heart stint, can be prevented with proper care and lifestyle adjustments early on."
 
Dr. Darkes emphasized that most of the top causes of illness are preventable, like the flu, which demonstrates the significance of health education workshops like this. "We have to dispel the myths around healthcare and immunizations through education and empower patients to take part in their own healthcare. You can't make someone change their habits, they have to make that decision themselves," says Dr. Darkes on why our communities need more health education.
 
The series will continue in August. They will be held on the 3 rd Thursday of every month from 5:30pm-7pm at Advance Community Health's Southeast Raleigh Campus (1001 Rock Quarry Road). For questions, more information, or to sign up for the free series, contact Wilma Metcalf at wmetcalf@advancechc.org or (919) 250-2946. 
Voices of ACH:
Terry, a patient of CAPUS
Marreo, ACH CAPUS Coordinator, meeting with Terry.

In March, Terry decided to make a positive change in his life and moved away from bad memories and influences in Charlotte, NC. However, Terry found himself homeless in Raleigh where he was directed to ACH for a housing referral. At ACH, Terry was referred to South Wilmington Street Men's Shelter and enrolled in ACH's CAPUS program because Terry has been HIV positive for over 15 years. 
 
ACH operates a Care and Prevention in the United States (CAPUS) program designed to reduce HIV-related morbidity, mortality, and related health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities. ACH's CAPUS program focuses on individuals living with HIV/AIDS and those who are considered high risk for HIV/AIDS with an emphasis on the health of the LGBTQ community. Marreo McDonald, CAPUS Coordinator, says, "We are here to not only provide these individuals with HIV care and prevention options and reduce HIV stigma, but to provide them with a primary care medical home which offers comprehensive health services. We understand the needs of those who identify as LGBTQ." CAPUS patients are connected to primary care, free to reduced-cost medications, and receive case management and counseling to help maintain their health. We have an specialty doctor, Dr. Heidi Swygard, on staff specifically for these patients. The holistic support and services offered by ACH's CAPUS program are the reasons why Terry has chosen ACH as his primary care provider.   
 
Since Terry's enrollment, he has completed a training program offered by South Wilmington Street Men's Shelter and he has found a job that works with his health and need for flexible hours. Terry is working toward transitioning out of the shelter and into his own home. Terry says, "I'm so glad I found Marreo, Dr. Heidi, and South Wilmington Street Shelter. They've saved my life."
I am Advance Community Health: 
Meet Shalanda McNair, Medical Receptionist

Shalanda works in Southeast Raleigh
I was unemployed for 4 months when 
my  sister helped me get a job  at ACH. It was a blessing to me because they didn't have to hire me; I was only 19
years old. 

This job is a great way to help the community. You look at other lives and thank God for your life and the knowledge  you have. I like the fact that we can help the unfortunate and I love my co-workers. I hope I brighten our patients' days and the community. I hope every time they walk in, they see a smile because you never know if that's the last smile they're going to get. I hope I encourage our patients, especially the ones that don't ha ve anyone. I hope I help them know they can keep pushing through the storm. 

This job wasn't a choice, it just happened. It was like a door that God opened for me. 

OUR MISS ION: To deliver quality, compassionate primary healthcare--every patient, every time--in response to the ne eds of our communities.

For appointments, call 919-833-3111
Development office: 919-573-0069
Administration: 919-255-6721
www.advancechc.org