Trails End’s ice cream truck will be serving ice cream, and Family Nurse Practitioner Josie Lamb, APRN will be leading and teaching hula hooping.
Are you looking for a primary care provider or other healthcare provider? Many of our providers will be there to talk with community members about their approach, including:
- Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Deborah Cross, APRN PMHNP
- Family Nurse Practitioner Josie Lamb, APRN
- Adult Nurse Practitioner Margie Riforgiato, APRN
Executive Director JR Porter will give tours of the health center, while Community Health Worker Erin Jones will be there to talk to community members about our programs and services and answer questions about the organization. She can also talk to current patients about how the Care Coordination Team can support you in areas like insurance enrollment, transportation, social security, housing, fuel assistance, and more.
Lamb will help beginner hula hoopers get started, and can teach tricks to those who have the basics down. Lamb has been performing and teaching hula hooping for over a decade. She explained, “I love hula hooping because it’s a playful way to exercise and dance with music. There’s no one-size-fits-all way to be active. I like to encourage people to think outside the box and find something that’s joyful for them.”
Adults who think they can’t hula hoop anymore are encouraged to come and try it. “You need an adult sized hoop!” Josie explained, “Most of the hoops you buy in stores are built for children’s bodies and children have smaller waist circumferences, and it’s hard as an adult to get that going unless you practice a lot.”
National Health Center Week celebrates health centers in communities across the country. Health centers provide preventive and primary care services to over 30 million people and are the first to respond with wrap-around care during disasters and health emergencies. Their model of care is driven by services needed in each unique community. Together, health centers are the backbone of the nation’s primary care system. Community Health Centers lower health care costs to the tune of $24 billion a year, reduce the rate of chronic diseases, and stimulate local economies.
Community Health Centers are not just healers, we are innovators who look beyond medical charts to address the factors that may cause poor health, such as poverty, homelessness, substance use, mental illness, access to nutritious food, and unemployment. We are a critical piece of health care systems and collaborate with hospitals, local and state governments, social, health and business organizations to improve health outcomes for people who are medically vulnerable.
White Mountain Community Health Center is Mt. Washington Valley’s local Community Health Center. We exist to ensure that everyone in our area can access high quality healthcare they can afford, no matter what’s going on in their lives. We do this through our sliding fee scale, patient care funds, cost transparency, transportation, translation, and care coordinators who help patients resolve issues interfering with their health such as housing or food access.
We are governed by a local board of directors made up primarily of our own patients, who make sure we are providing excellent care for everyone we serve. Our patients are representative of the community at large – those with chronic diseases or serious illnesses, those who are well, those with extra to give, those who are going through difficult times and need extra support, and many in between. We are here for everyone.
We are accepting new patients for adult and pediatric primary care, children’s dental services, sexual & reproductive healthcare, mental health counseling, dietician services, and substance use disorder treatment. We have a Teen Clinic open to any teenager with walk-in hours Wednesday afternoon. COVID vaccination and testing is available for all. Established patients can also access adult dental cleanings and X-rays and care coordination.
Join us in celebrating healthcare everyone in our community can access with free ice cream, hula hooping, and more! For more information, visit our website at whitemountainhealth.org, follow us on Facebook or Instagram, or call us at (603) 447-8900.