Wake Health Services
Wake Health Services eNewsletter 
 April 2014
What's a Community Health Center? Who do we serve? What is our impact? Learn more at www.wakehealth.org.
In This Issue


April 8:

Healthy Living for a Lifetime event by the NC Farm Bureau. Free health screenings by Franklin Community Health Services. 10 am-6 pm, Wal-Mart, 705 Retail Way, Louisburg.  


April 11:

Cross Agency Orientation--free event for community agencies sponsored by Alliance Behavioral Healthcare. Program on safety-net healthcare providers. alliancebhc.org 


April 25:

Project Homeless Connect event, 7:30 am-3 pm, Salvation Army Center of Hope.


Our Locations
Apex Family Medicine
212 S. Salem Street, Apex 
(919) 362-5201 
Franklin Community Health Services
111 S. Church Street, Louisburg 
(919) 340-2500
New Bern Avenue Pediatrics and Dental Center
2620 New Bern Ave., Raleigh
Pediatrics:(919) 231-3180
Dental: (919) 250-2930
Rock Quarry Road Family Medicine
1001 Rock Quarry Rd., Raleigh
(919) 833-3111
Southern Wake Family Medicine
13 N. Judd Parkway, NE
Fuquay Varina
(919) 557-1110
South Wilmington Outreach Center, Horizon Healthcare for the Homeless Program
(919) 743-3315

Administrative Offices:
(919) 255-6721
Our Services
  • Primary healthcare
  • Pediatric care
  • General dentistry for children 
  • Behavioral health counseling
  • Diabetes education
  • Women's health, family planning
  • Assistance with prescriptions
  • Spanish speaking staff


"It's not the money, it's the mission that drives our providers, and I'm proud of that." 
--Elaine Peebles Brown, Wake Health Services Board of Trustees Chair
Community Health Centers are patient governed. Our patients have a voice: 51% of our governing board is composed of patients from our medical and dental practices.   
Want to get involved as a Board member or Advisory member? Please contact Annie Goodwin at board@whsi.org.

Community-Based Health Center


If you are receiving this eNewsletter for the first time, welcome! This is a new monthly newsletter from Wake Health Services, a nonprofit Community Health Center. We are a Federally Qualified Health Center that has been providing affordable and accessible healthcare to the underserved and uninsured for 42 years. We hope you'll stay tuned and find out more about our six primary care sites and how we're changing the lives of the 25,000 patients that we serve in both Wake and Franklin counties.  

ABOVE: Raleigh Cty Councilor Eugene Weeks
(left) meets with Herman Wilkins (right),
Board of Trustees, Wake Health Services.  
ABOVE: Elected officials welcome attendees
to the Fourth Congressional District Health Fair.
Pictured left to right: Representative Yvonne
Holley, Councilor Eugene Weeks,
Legislative Assistant Sonia Barnes, and
Congressman David Price.
Fourth District Health Fair Serves Southeast Raleigh Community

Wake Health Services teamed up with more than a dozen local agencies March 29 to provide free health services at the Fourth Congressional District Health Fair held at the Salvation Army. Rock Quarry Road Family Medicine provided blood pressure checks and tips on healthy eating. Attendees received free mammograms from the Rex Mobile Mammography Unit, dental care through Wake Smiles and other valuable health services.
Novelyn Logan, Dental Assistant
Big Smiles at New Bern Ridge Dental Center Community Event
One of the ways that Wake Health Services keeps our community healthy is through outreach events like Give Kids a Smile Day, a nationwide event that provides free dental care to children. New Bern Ridge Dental Center hosted the event in February, providing $3,000 worth of free dental care to children ages 4-18.


"It is a good opportunity to get children in to see a dentist who have not been in a long time," said lead provider Dr. Shelly Rickert. The services at this event included dental exams, cleanings, X-rays, and patient education. "Our goal is to get children in to see the dentist and provide access to care," she said.

Franklin Community Health Services Medical Assistant Derrick Crudup, left, with patient Toby Davis.
Patient Stories
Visit to Community Health Center Saves Patient's Life

When Toby Davis came to Franklin Community Health Services to refill a prescription for diabetes, he had no idea that all four of his arteries were  blocked. A routine check-up and an experienced medical team revealed this life-threatening condition, and within a week he was having open heart surgery.


Today, Toby is grateful for the competent and compassionate care he received at a Community Health Center. As Toby puts it, "You saved my life, and I'm thankful."  read more


ACA: Enrollment from the Front Line



By Ben Rardin, Certified Application Counselor, Wake Health Services

Wake Health Services participated in a "Get Covered Wake Enroll-a-Thon" event at the end of March to help consumers get signed up for health insurance through the Marketplace. Below is a first-hand account from Certified Application Counselor Ben Rardin.

With all of the news coverage surrounding the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I began my role as a Certified Application Counselor for the Health Insurance Marketplace. I often meet with individuals who are unfamiliar with the ACA as a whole and are searching for an answer to the question of 'how will this affect my family?' I begin most sessions with an introduction of the law, detailing important changes to the health care system - such as the individual responsibility requirement or elimination of the ability of insurance companies to exclude someone because of a pre-existing condition - and explaining the Health Insurance Marketplace.   read more

Mammograms Provided to Apex Patients
Apex Family Medicine hosted the Rex Mobile Mammography Unit in March, partnering with Rex Healthcare and Wake County Human Services. They provided free screenings for 20 patients at Apex Family Medicine.
Pictured above, left to right: Christopher McDougal, Practice Administrator; Raenette Hall, RN; Yaneysi Medrano, Medical Receptionist, and Amanda Watkins, FNP. "This is the third time we have had the Mammography Unit out to Apex Family Medicine," said McDougal. "There is a great need; it's fulfilling to know that our Community Health Center can fill that void and connect our patients with these valuable health screenings."

Keeping Kids Eating  Healthy at School
Southern Wake Family Medicine hosted a program on healthy food choices for school nurses, counselors and social workers in March. Thirteen elementary and middle schools were represented. During the presentation, the group discussed the challenges of caring for children with diabetes, and helping them make smart choices in the lunchroom. If you know of a group that would beneft from a presentation from Wake Heath Services, please contact Karen Cook at kcook@whsi.org.  We'd love to connect with you!
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