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For Immediate Release:
October 24, 2012

Women's Health Fair to be held at the Greater New Bedford Community Health Center on November 8

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — The Greater New Bedford (GNB) Community Health Center will host a Women's Health Fair on Thursday, November 8, from 3 to 8 p.m. at the health center's facility at 874 Purchase Street in New Bedford. The event will coincide with AHA! night in downtown New Bedford.

Women are invited to attend this free event during which AHA! event partner, Southcoast™ Health System, will provide education and prevention information from Southcoast Radiology, Southcoast Cardiac Prevention and the Southcoast Centers from Cancer Care. Educational materials will include information on lung cancer awareness, self breast examine instructions, blood sugar awareness, body mass index (BMI) calculator tool and a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) "any time" demonstration. In addition, a presentation on breast cancer prevention will take place at 5 p.m. in health center's auditorium on the second floor.

The Southcoast Health Van will also be on site and will provide free screenings for cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, vascular screenings and a skin analyzer with sun screen and sun safety information. Additionally, the Southcoast Health Van will offer free flu and pneumonia vaccines.

Free activities for children will include face painting and a visit with clowns. Light refreshments will be served.

This free event is open to the public. Registration is not required. For more information, please call 508-992-6553 extension 419 or extension 218.

About the Greater New Bedford Community Health Center

The Greater New Bedford Community Health Center is a private, non-profit health care organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, representative of the economic, educational, and cultural diversity of our community.

Through the generosity of a $10,000 start-up grant and much hard work by the people advocating for it, the Health Center was incorporated in 1979 to expand access to health care services for low-income people.

Today, the Health Center serves men, women, and children and operates a $13.5 million dollar budget. It employs 236 personnel including 33 medical providers and 32 nurses with on-site laboratory and radiology services provided by St. Luke's.

The Greater New Bedford Community Health Center is proud of its strong history protecting the public health through quality, accessible, and culturally competent primary health care.

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Stephanie Poyant
Public Information Officer
Phone: 508-961-5280
Pager: 508-387-2532
Fax: 508-961-5876

Southcoast Health System is a community based health delivery system with multiple access points, offering an integrated continuum of health services throughout Southeastern Massachusetts and East Bay, Rhode Island.

It includes the three hospitals that make up Southcoast Hospitals Group — Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford and Tobey Hospital in Wareham.

Southcoast provides advanced clinical services, such as open heart surgery, angioplasty and heart rhythm services, comprehensive cancer care, neurosurgery, weight loss surgery, orthopedic surgery, advanced imaging services and is the only provider of maternity services in the region.

Southcoast is a not-for-profit charitable organization that depends on the support of the community to provide services. More information is available online at Connect to Southcoast through social media at

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