CCRHN Quarterly Newsletter | Summer 2020

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Healthcare Network is committed to ensuring quality healthcare is accessible to everyone in our community, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have implemented added precautions to protect both patients and staff including no longer accepting walk-ins, pre-screening patients for COVID-19 symptoms and requiring a face mask be worn when in our practices. As the number of COVID-19 cases rises all over the state, Healthcare Network is continuing to provide free testing to underserved communities throughout Collier County. We also continue to work closely with community collaborators, such as the Department of Health, to strategically set up additional mass testing locations.

Healthcare Network has provided free drive-up testing
  • March 30, 2020, Nichols Community Health Center | 100 tests administered
  • June 17, 2020, Everglades City | 95 tests administered
  • June 27, 2020, Nichols Community Health Center | 401 tests administered
  • July 11, 2020, Marco Island | 380 tests administered
Healthcare Network will provide free drive-up COVID-19 testing at Nichols Community Health Center in Golden Gate, 12655 Collier Blvd. on Saturday, July 25 from 9 - 11 a.m.

Testing will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for up to 300 people of all ages, regardless of symptoms. A physician or provider referral is not required, and those receiving tests do not need to be patients of Healthcare Network. Masks are required.

For information, call 239-658-3000 or visit
Recognizing and understanding the profound effects of the pandemic on essential workers in our community, Healthcare Network, through a Direct Relief grant, is offering up to 3 FREE sessions with mental health providers to essential frontline workers.

Essential workers include but are not limited to:

  • Healthcare workers
  • Protective service and first responders
  • Essential retail workers
  • Teachers
  • Restaurant workers
  • Agricultural workers
  • Janitors and maintenance workers
  • Truck drivers

Essential workers who are interested in making appointments with mental healthcare professionals at Healthcare Network should call 239.658.3185.  Appointments are available via telehealth or in-person at Healthcare Network's Nichols Community Health Center.

Additional appointments beyond those covered by the grant will be available through health insurance or out-of-pocket with our  Sliding Fee Scale  based on family size and income.

Not sure if you are an essential worker, or if you have any questions, please call us or visit We are here to help you. 
-program ends Nov. 13, 2020
Raising little ones is a challenge in the best of times; however, since the coronavirus pandemic, it has presented new obstacles for parents, caregivers, and educators alike. The question of how to balance keeping our children safe, intellectually stimulated, and socially adept has been a point of concern in our community since mid-February when our new normal shocked families across the country. The upcoming academic year brings a new level of uncertainty and questions abound.

Psychologist, Dr. Frances Sanchez-Duverge answers parent's most common questions in the linked blog.
Recent events have many children asking parents difficult questions about racism, violence and social justice. To help families talk to children about these incredibly important topics Healthcare Network behavioral health provider, Phara Morame, wrote "Talking to Children About Racism" included in the July issue of Neapolitan Family magazine.

In the article, Morame encourages parents to have age-appropriate conversations about these difficult topics - noting lack of response only creates more confusion. She suggests parents ask engaging questions to see what your child knows about racism and how they feel. Morame recommends that conversations should be ongoing.
On June 2, Healthcare Network officially opened its new Nichols Community Health Center. Residents in Golden Gate and surrounding communities now have access to patient-centered affordable primary care.

Please join us in celebrating this milestone by watching and sharing our video with others who may benefit from our services.
National Health Center Week (August 9 - 15) is an annual celebration with the goal of raising awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s health centers.

Federally Qualified Health Centers are community-based health care providers that provide primary care services in underserved areas. Healthcare Network is the only Federally Qualified Health Center in Collier County. As a health center, we are committed to providing high-quality health care, improving health outcomes and narrowing health disparities.

Throughout the pandemic, Healthcare Network has been on the frontline taking care of people who are sick, providing testing and making sure patients still have access to essential primary care. Regardless of a patient's income or insurance status , Healthcare Network is keeping our community healthy by providing family care, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, senior care and dental care as well as pharmacy services and integrated behavioral health   for both adults and children,

To learn more about Healthcare Network, visit

September is Healthy Aging Month
Healthy Aging Month is designed to focus on improving the physical, mental, social and overall well-being of aging adults. This annual observance is aimed at encouraging adults to rethink negative myths of aging and take back control of their life and begin experiencing the positive and uplifting aspects of growing older.

According to the CDC, a greater number of Americans are growing older and living longer than ever. Here is a list of guidelines to help older adults begin taking the first steps in improving their well-being.

  • Be proactive about your health. Visit your primary care provider yearly and openly discuss your health concerns. If you are senior, consider visiting with a gerontologist, a physician who specialized in the unique needs of seniors. Learn more about the senior care that is offered at Healthcare Network by calling 239.658.3000 or visiting

  • Stay social and regularly communicate with friends and family. Having a support system provides many benefits to your mental health and can help reduce mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.

  • Exercise regularly to help your body remain healthy and mobile. Even walking a few times a week can improve heart and muscle health and prevent chronic diseases. Studies have shown regular exercise can help slow muscle loss and the overall decline of cardiovascular health.

  • Maintain a healthy diet. Eating meals full of fresh vegetables, fruits, lean protein and whole grains help maintain a healthy weight and even improve your emotional and mental health.

If you would like to learn more about healthy aging, please visit .

Source: CDC
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