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News & Events

Below you'll find the latest news and events.

Staff members of Holyoke Health Center's HIV Support Services at National HIV Testing Day.

Thursday, June 25, 2015: Holyoke Health Center, in partnership with Tapestry Health and River Valley Counseling Center, held a free event for HIV Testing as a part of National HIV Testing Day. This National HIV Testing Day event took place at Carlos Vega Park on Hamilton Street in Holyoke, and was held from 11:00AM - 2:30PM.

The HIV Testing Day event offered free counseling and testing for HIV, Hepatitis C, and other sexually transmitted infections, in addition to providing free condoms, bleach kits, and educational pamphlets and information. There was also the opportunity to meet and speak with Medical Case Managers and HIV+ peers, and learn about services for people living with HIV. Throughout the event there was music, raffles and food provided for all who attended. The first fifteen people who received a rapid HIV test also received a free t-shirt.

Every Monday during the month of June from 10AM to 12noon, Jason Lefebvre from the Holyoke Public Library will be in the waiting room of Holyoke Health Center's Pediatrics!

Stop in to see your local librarian, Jason Lefebvre and learn about:

  • Signing up for library cards for parents and children!
  • List of activities that Holyoke Public Library has to offer!
  • Hear about the passes they provide to local museums!

Tuesday, Febuary 17th and Wednesday, February 18th: Holyoke Health Center hosted a 2-Day event called Dental Adventure as an awareness campaign for National Children's Dental Health Month. Dental Adventure took place during Holyoke Public School's winter vacation week and had more than 150 children participating in the event.

Thursday August 14, 2014:  National Health Center Week celebration at the Holyoke Farmer's Market was a big success!  Thank you to Mayor Morse and Representative Vega for issuing proclamations for National Health Center Week.  The remarks and proclamations were followed by a fantastic performance from the Salsa Kids of the Ramon Baez Dance Company.

A report that came out from the Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregancy, reports that the teen preganancy rate in Holyoke dropped by 32% in 2012.  While Holyoke is still number one in the state for highest rates of teen pregnancies, this recent drop is significant.  Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse called the news, "very encouraging."

Thursday August 14, 2014:  Holyoke Health is celebrating National Health Center Week at the Holyoke Farmers' Market next Thursday at noon.  The health center will be showcasing its Community Programs, Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse will issue a proclamation, Holyoke Health CEO Jay Breines will speak, and the Salsa Kids will perform.

The Holyoke Health Center's Pharmacy is now dispensing Narcan Kits over the counter.  Narcan is a nasal spray medication which stops the process of an opioid drug overdose.  Over the last month, HHC Pharmacy has dispensed 15 kits.  Please watch the news story on our new program for all of the information.

We are getting close to the annual National Health Center Week which is held on August 10-16th this year.  National Health Center Week is a week of recognition of the vital roles that community health centers play across the country.  1,200 health centers deliver health care at over 9,000 sites across the county, with locations in every single state and territory.  Community health centers provide health care to over 22 million people and have been doing so for 50 years.  Holyoke Health Center will be celebrating National Health Center Week on Thursday August 14th at the Farmer's Market.  Stay tuned for details.

Friday May 2, 2014 Holyoke:  You Have Choices Holyoke!  This was the message from the Holyoke Adolescent Sexual Health and Pregnancy Prevention Accountability Committee's task force which hosted a kick-off event to start Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, today at Holyoke High School and Dean Technical School.  Originating from a Mayor-appointed task force, the Holyoke Adolescent Sexual Health and Pregnancy Prevention Accountability Committee (HASHPPAC) was created to address the inordinately high rates of teen births in the city.  Each year HASHPPAC holds events to raise awareness of the impact of adolescent pregnancy and to engage youth in being a part of the solution.  This year HASHPPAC worked collaboratively with the Holyoke Public Schools and the Holyoke Youth Task Force to reach more adolescents in Holyoke than in prior years.  The event this year was held during school hours in an assembly which featured Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse, Holyoke School Superintendent Dr. Sergio Paez, Guest Speaker Marv Neal, from Family Nurturing Center, and essay winners.

Friday March 31, 2014:  MA Governor Deval Patrick, EOHHS Secretary John Polanowicz and DPH Commissioner Cheryl Bartlett held a discussion on the ground breaking Prevention & Wellness Trust Fund Grant that the Holyoke collaborative was awarded.  Holyoke Health Center is the lead partner for this collaborative which includes; the City of Holyoke, the Holyoke YMCA, River Valley Counseling Center, Holyoke Medical Center and Western MA Physician Associates.  The first phase of this pioneering grant has been awarded and we are thrilled to be able to collaborate on this exciting new grant, which was made possible by the MA Department of Public Health.