July 2021 Newsletter
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Community Health Centers (CHCs), like Good Samaritan, have been key to ensuring everyone can access affordable, quality healthcare, during and beyond the pandemic. They are locally run yet part of a national network serving almost 30 million people nation-wide. They save American taxpayers $24 billion a year in health care costs by preventing and managing chronic diseases. CHCs are not ordinary medical clinics; they are also problem-solvers who reach beyond the exam room to care for the whole person by providing access to necessities like food and housing resources.
Community Health Centers care for everyone, regardless of insurance status. As unemployment rises and more Americans lose their employee-sponsored health care, Community Health Centers will be the key to keeping America healthy. Good Samaritan offers medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, out-patient opioid addiction treatment, and case management services to everyone in our community. We also have free programs available such as our JumpStart Wellness Program which will begin again in September and our Self-Monitored Blood Pressure Program.
As part of National Health Center Week 2021 (August 8 – 14), we invite you to support Good Samaritan and celebrate our mission and accomplishments. We know you are busy and we know your time is precious. However, we are fighting for our survival.
You can support Good Samaritan in three ways:

  • Donate your time and expertise by becoming a Good Samaritan Volunteer! We have many positions available in various areas and you can help! If you would like to give a financial contribution you can do so online HERE or by mail! All of your contributions go towards providing healthcare and life-saving programs to our patients.
  • Follow Good Samaritan on social media for information on how we are helping keep our communities healthy. Make sure to like and share our posts with your family and friends. The more you share the farther our reach!
  • Advocate- In order to survive and thrive well beyond the pandemic, Congress must pass emergency and long-term funding for Community Health Centers. For more information go to https://www.hcadvocacy.org/. We hope you’ll join us and other health center advocates in taking action to protect our jobs and the people we care for.
We are your local Community Health Center and we are here to serve you!
Watch the video below to see the impact that Community Health Center's have in our communities and in our nation!
Enjoy this heart-healthy, diabetic-friendly recipe from Louise Brown, Good Samaritan's diabetic nutritionist.
Better Mashed Potatoes
The potato is the star of this comfort-food side dish, but a nonstarchy vegetable plays a surprising supporting role. The result is light and luscious. Smart Swap: The original mashed potato recipe had 130 calories. Veggie Helper: Cauliflower, which has less starch than potato, helps cut in half the carbohydrate grams in this dish. Less Fat: Fat-free buttermilk adds richness without the fat calories of the butter and whole milk!
Ingredients
  • Low-fat buttermilk 1/3 cup
  • Garlic 5 cloves
  • Olive Oil 1 tbsp
  • Parmesan Cheese 2 tbsp
  • Black Pepper 1/2 tsp
  • Cauliflower 1 head
  • Russet or Baking Potato 1
  • Butter 2 tsp
  • Salt 1 tsp
Directions
  1. In a large saucepan, place the potato, garlic, cauliflower, and enough water to cover. Bring to boiling, reduce the heat to medium, and cook until the potato and cauliflower are tender about 15 minutes.
  2. Drain and add the vegetables and garlic back to the pot. Cover the pot with a kitchen towel and put the lid over the towel. Let stand for 5 minutes. Remove the lid and towel. This process helps to dry the vegetables so they mash better.
  3. Add buttermilk, cheese, olive oil, butter, salt, and pepper. Mash* just until the ingredients are lightly combined. If desired, garnish with fresh snipped chives.

*Mashing options: Put the mixture through a ricer or a food processor for a smooth mash. Mash with a potato masher for a coarse mash.
This recipe and so many more can be found at diabetes.org!
Appointments are full but a waiting list is available.
You can enroll in Marketplace health coverage through August 15 due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) emergency. More people than ever before qualify for help paying for health coverage, even those who weren’t eligible in the past. Learn more about new, lower costs. To find out if you qualify visit https://www.healthcare.gov/! Good Samaritan can even help you apply!
Upcoming Events


Wednesdays at 5:00 PM and Thursdays at 12:00 PM -- Addiction Support Group Meetings

July 21st, September 1st, and October 1st -- Mammogram Mobile Program

August 8th- 14th -- National Health Center Week

September 14th- November 13th -- JumpStart Wellness Program