Summer is underway in the area, and FamilyCare Health Centers is making sure that Charleston’s West Side has events focused on health and excitement for families.
The community health center will host its Kids’ Summer Bash on June 25 from 11a.m. to 2p.m. at its location just off the Patrick Street Bridge. The event will be held with intentions to provide Charleston’s West Side community with a summer event for families and kids.
Expected activities for the event include inflatables, outdoor games, balloons, a DJ and handouts on how parents and families can provide health to their children. Aetna Better Health, The Health Plan, Unicare and a truck from the local fire department will be in attendance. Free youth sports physicals will also be offered at the event via FamilyCare’s mobile health unit.
FamilyCare’s Patrick Street location opened in the plaza in 2007, providing the community with pediatrics and adult healthcare from quality doctors and health care providers. The location has expanded to provide birth services, behavioral health, dentistry and an array of other health services. The organization also operates its birth center on Washington Blvd., its Children’s Medicine Center inside CAMC Women’s and Children, and recently welcomed family practice on Lee St., along with school-based health services at select schools in Charleston.
Fran Coleman, senior vice president and chief operating officer, says that the event is to give back to the Charleston community and ensure that families have fun opportunities to enjoy this summer.
“Our goal and purpose is to make sure that families in the neighborhoods that we serve are getting chances to have fun this summer and are afforded access to information on how to build a healthier lifestyle, leading to a healthier community,” says Coleman. “Not only do we plan to host activities that get kids moving, but we also want them to take home materials on what they can do to take care of their health.”
If successful, the Kids’ Summer Bash has an opportunity to become an annual event, Coleman said. FamilyCare is also considering a Back-To-School Bash later in the summer.