Mission Health Day Connects Community Members to Essential Medical Services

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Mission Health Day Connects Community Members to Essential Medical Services

By Tribuna Staff

On October 4, Emanuela Palmares, vice-president of The New American Dream Foundation, presented a donation of $13,800.00, from the proceeds of the 2018 American Dream Awards Gala, to Western Connecticut Health Network Foundation, towards Mission Health Day.

The event, scheduled for Saturday October 13, 2018 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., is a special event designed to connect community members in need – the uninsured, underinsured and those with housing at risk – with essential health screening and services, social services, winter clothing, personal care items and refreshments.

“There is no shame in needing help. When our family arrived in the U.S., we were in need of free health services such as this; we did not have insurance. Twenty-five years later, we are able to help others who find themselves in need,” said Emanuela Palmares.

The New American Dream Foundation, Inc. (TNADF), a 501(c)(3) organization, was created to serve as the philanthropic arm of Tribuna Newspaper, to promote our nation’s rich immigrant history, highlighting the cultural, social and economic contributions of all immigrants, and the core American values of equal opportunity, progress and freedom in the areas of education, health and civic engagement.

The goal is to provide financial support to organizations that share in those values and to inspire members of the community through the American Dream Awards Gala.

“Whether you were born in the U.S. or in another country, living a healthy life, pursuing an education and being civically engaged in your community are three very important pillars to living a successful life in America. Mission Health Day is our foundation’s effort toward providing an opportunity for the community to focus on their health,” said Palmares.

Mission Health Day is being led by Western Connecticut Health Network, who is providing a large team of volunteers, representing many departments from Danbury Hospital, in collaboration with Western CT State University, The New American Dream Foundation, The City of Danbury Health and Human Services and Boehringer Ingelheim.

“As a team, we seek to share our services with those in need. We have a variety of services that will be provided, no questions asked, in a judgment-free zone,” said Danbury Hospital Manager of Volunteer Services, Amy Lionheart.

At Mission Health Day, guests will have access to:

*Medical Services
– General health screenings, including 15 minutes with a medical provider
– General history, physical exam, health assessment, vital signs measurement, blood pressure screening, basic point-of-care testing

*Referrals for primary care follow-up to a local medical home

*Vaccines, medication and essential prescriptions
– Flu vaccinations
– DTAP vaccinations
– Potential blood press­ure medication

*Cancer screening
– On-site referrals for Mammography

– Pulmonary assessment, early screening for COPD

*Smoking cessation screening and referrals for assistance

*Podiatry screening and foot washing by faith community nurses and volunteers

*Behavioral health screening, substance abuse screening and referral


If you or someone you know is in need of any of these services, come to Mission Health Day, on Saturday, October 13, 2018, in the Bill Williams Gym at Berkshire Hall and the Berkshire Hall lawn on the University’s Midtown campus, 181 White Street in Danbury. Volunteers who speak Portuguese and Spanish fluently will be available to assist attendees who may speak limited English.

For more information, visit https://www.danburyhospital.org/mission-health-day or on Facebook, search for Mission Health Day – Danbury.


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October 10, 2018

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