Fall Festival & Health Fair Showcases Services at Waterbury Community Health Center
Story updated October 21, 2021.
Free food, family activities, music, and even a little bit of magic were part of a Fall Festival and Health Fair at the Wheeler Family Health & Wellness Center, 855 Lakewood Road, Waterbury, on October 20.
The event offered activities for kids; refreshments; health screenings; information about Wheeler’s continuum of medical and behavioral health care, and other services offered through the 855 Lakewood Road location; tours of the site; and a nutritious produce distribution through a partnership with Holcomb Farm, for patients and event attendees. The Change the Script Resource Van also was on-site with information about opioid and other substance use prevention and treatment.
“This event provided a great opportunity for the community to find out what we offer for every member of their family,” said Sabrina Trocchi, PhD, MPA, president and chief executive officer, Wheeler. “From primary and pediatric care, to medication-assisted treatment, behavioral health services for children, adolescents and adults, and more, we provide a full array of programs and care to meet the needs of this community and surrounding towns.”
About the Change the Script Campaign
Change the Script is a statewide opioid prevention campaign managed by Wheeler’s Connecticut Clearinghouse and funded by the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. The Change the Script Resource Van offers substance use prevention and mental health-related books, pamphlets, posters, fact sheets, and more.
About the Wheeler and Holcomb Farm Partnership
From June through late fall, patients at Wheeler’s community health centers have access to farm-fresh produce, thanks to a commitment from Wheeler through private donations and a matching gift from The Friends of Holcomb Farm through their Fresh Access Program. Holcomb Farm is a 312-acre working historic farm located in the heart of West Granby, Connecticut. The farm is operated collaboratively by the Town of Granby and a Board of Directors comprising local citizens.
Each year, The Friends of Holcomb Farm donate more than eight tons of healthy produce to over 1,000 people through its Fresh Access program, serving two populations: food-insecure individuals and families who have trouble affording or accessing healthy food, and individuals and families who are struggling with a health crisis.
About Wheeler Family Health & Wellness Centers
Wheeler’s Family Health & Wellness Centers in Bristol, Hartford, New Britain, Plainville, and Waterbury offer integrated primary care and behavioral health care, addiction treatment, and complementary approaches to care.
Wheeler's Family Health & Wellness Centers are funded in part by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an operating division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Wheeler is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).
Medicaid, Medicare, and commercial health insurance welcome. No patient will be denied health care services due to an individual’s inability to pay for services. Improvements to the Family Health & Wellness Center in Hartford are supported in part by the State of Connecticut Nonprofit Grant Program, the Connecticut Health & Educational Facilities Authority, the Maximilian E. and Marion O. Hoffman Foundation, and the Ensworth Charitable Foundation. Additional support is provided by Delta Dental of New Jersey Foundation.