Tag Archives: community health center

Local Round-Up: ACA Outreach and the New Minimum Wage

The deadline for enrollment in health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is March 31, and members of the Wesleyan Young Advocates have been working tirelessly since September 2013 to ensure that Middletown residents have the information and resources necessary to enroll. WYA and the Community Health Center are hosting an ACA Celebration Brunch to recognize contributions toward CT enrollment on Saturday March 29 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM at the CHC (675 Main Street), and then they will distribute information materials to businesses in New Britain until 3 pm. Shuttles will be provided from Usdan until 11:30, and volunteers do not need extensive knowledge of the ACA in order to participate. For more information, contact Marshal Lawler ’16 at plawler[at]wesleyan[dot]edu and Sagar Parekh at ParekhS[at]chc1[dot]com

Talking Healthcare with Chris Murphy – Saturday at 11:30 AM

meet-chris-murphy-the-freshman-senator-on-a-personal-crusade-against-the-nraThis just in from Ben Florsheim ’14, whose stylish new haircut is matched only by his stylish new jacket:

Join WesDems, Wesleyan Young Advocates, and the Community Health Center for a conversation with U.S. Senator Chris Murphy about the Affordable Care Act, getting covered, and other topics. Bring your questions about healthcare and Chris’s other work in the Senate. Coffee and breakfast will be provided.

Chris Murphy was elected to represent Connecticut in the United States Senate in 2012 after serving three terms in Congress. He is a leading voice for progressive causes and is currently the youngest senator.

Date: Saturday, February 8
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Place: Woodhead Lounge (ESC184)

World AIDS Day Tribute

From Adin Vaewsorn ’15:World_AIDS_day

In recognition of World AIDS Day, come to the Community Health Center building at 675 Main St. at 5:30 pm, Monday December 2nd. The evening will pay tribute to World AIDS Day through a musical and visual commemoration, featuring personal narrative from patients afflicted with HIV/AIDS, a visual presentation of the AIDS epidemic in Africa, live musical entertainment including a performance by an African Drumming Troupe led by Wesleyan alumnus Abraham Adzenyah. The evening will conclude with a ceremonial reading of the names on the quilt.

According to aids.gov, today there more than 1.1 million people in the United States who are living with HIV infection, and almost 1 in 5 (18.1%) are unaware of their infection. Join us in solidarity with those who have been affected by this disease and in celebration of the fight against it.

Date: Monday, Dec 2
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Place: Community Health Center building, 675 Main St.

A Call for Musicians


When Jelisa Adair ’13 calls, you better take heed:

Are you a musician?

Are you looking to become more of a part of the Middletown community?

Are you available any weekday to play a 1-1.5 hour set between the hours of 9:00a-12:00p and 1:00p-5:00p?

If you answered yes to these questions, please consider volunteering with the Community Health Center! We are looking for motivated volunteers who want to commit to playing in the waiting rooms for patients on a weekly or biweekly basis!

For more information, please contact Jelisa Adair ’13 at wesleyanchc(at)gmail(dot)com.

Dates: November 15th – December 31st
Place: Community Health Center

Community Health Center Volunteer Informational Meeting

From Jelisa Adair ’13:

Do you believe that health care is a right and not a privilege? Do you want to become more engaged in the Middletown Community? Then come join us for an informational meeting on the volunteer opportunities currently available with the Community Health Center!

Current openings include programs with: Reach Out and Read, Garden Club, Recess Rocks!, Vinnie’s Jump and Jive, Midnight on Main and the Oasis/HIV Community Center

For any questions/additional information, or if you cannot make this meeting time but would still like to be considered, please contact wesleyanchc(at)gmail(dot)com.

Date: Wednesday, October 3
Time: 4:15-5:15
Place: Albritton 103
Cost: Free

Where in the World Is Steve Roslonek?


…in upbeat, instructional children’s music videos, apparently.

So, it’s two weeks into spring semester of senior year. Just when you think liberation is in your grasp, you feel it gradually being snatched away as you realize the daunting future that looms ahead of you. Ah, to be a kid again…

But who says you can’t? Certainly not Steve Roslonek ’93, a former member of the Spirits (edit courtesy of the comments section) now known as SteveSongs. Attempting to fill the gap created by the departure of the other, perhaps better-known Steve (who has evidently discarded the congenial mantle he once assumed in favor of a more douchey, faux-emo, Justin Timberlake-esque style) from the children’s television gamut, Roslonek performs on intermediate segments of the PBS Kids Preschool Block (aired during the highly-coveted 8:00am weekday primetime block).

A recipient of the highly-coveted Parents’ Choice Award and the iParenting Media Awards, SteveSongs allegedly holds 200-400 concerts a year, surely attended by hordes of aspiring pre-Bieberites. 

Volunteer with the Community Health Center

From Jelisa Adair ’13 and the National Endowment for Clip Art Appreciation:

Do you believe that health care is a right and not a privilege? Do you want to get more involved with your community at large? Then volunteer with the Community Health Center! Contact wesleyanchc(at)gmail(dot)com if you are interested!

CHC Luncheon – RSVP by Midnight TONIGHT to be included on the Food Order

Submitted by Stephanie Clemente ’11:

Come to the monthly CHC Luncheon!

Guest Speaker: Khadija Gurnah, Program manager at the CHC, oversees the CHIPRA grant, will speak about her role within the CHC and her involvement in the CHIPRA (Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act) Program . There are 43,000 uninsured children in Connecticut and Community Health Center, Inc. is working to reduce that number to 0. The Community Health Center, Inc. (CHC) is a nonprofit organization, headquartered in Middletown, CT, that provides medical, dental and behavioral health services to uninsured and underinsured residents of Connecticut. The Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA), signed by President Obama on February 4, 2009, granted CHC funding to reach out to uninsured children and to eliminate barriers that have prevented them from being insured thus far. Through the use of technology and innovation CHC has a goal of insuring at least 16,000 children in two years.

Please RSVP to sclemente(at)wesleyan(dot)edu by Midnight on Sunday, December 5th if you would like to be included in the lunch order. Bring your friends!

CHC Luncheons are a speaker series offered to the Wesleyan community for the purpose of educating them about the Community Health Center, addressing health care topics of their interest, and informing them about the future of health care and opportunities in the field.

  • Date: Tuesday, December 7
  • Time: Noon – 1:00 PM
  • Place: Allbritton 004
  • Cost: Free!
  • RSVP: sclemente(at)wesleyan(dot)edu by Midnight on Sunday, December 5th to be included in the lunch order!

Walk In Our Footsteps Exhibit

On October 22, New Horizons Domestic Violence Services – a program of Community Health Center, Inc. – will help end the silence with “Walk In Our Footsteps,” a free outdoor exhibition to raise awareness through the voices of women and children victims. The exhibit, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Middletown’s South Green, will include 54 pairs of children’s shoes, each representing a child who resided or participated in New Horizon’s services between October 2009 to October 2010; the Clothesline Project, displaying more than 40 tee shirts with the artwork and words of adult and child victims; and cardboard silhouettes of children, each featuring a story about a child affected by domestic violence. Representatives from New Horizons will be available to answer questions and provide information on community services and resources.

For more information, contact Melanie Smith of New Horizons Domestic Violence Services at (860) 344-9599 or smithm(at)chc1(dot)com.

  • Date: Friday, Oct. 22
  • Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Place: South Green, Main St., Middletown (Just down church; a block past cardinal’s nest)

Get involved with the Community Health Center

Paawan Punjabi ’09 writes:

The Community Health Center is a nonprofit agency providing access to, and encouraging participation in, comprehensive primary care and social services. Its services are available to all, and particularly to those who cannot gain access to such services elsewhere. The CHC operates on the principle that health care is a right, not a privilege.

We are looking for students interested in working with this community organization. A variety of jobs are available, including assisting in departments such as: medical offices, dental offices, finance, community organizing, arts in healthcare, computer/web design, data/research, and many others. Both volunteer and work-study positions are available!

Check out the CHC website or email Paawan at ppunjabi@wes for more information.