Health Centers Make Communities Healthier

News Release

August 3, 2015
CONTACT: Jessica Bagwell,
(806) 743-7610

Health Centers Make Communities Healthier

The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) School of Nursing Larry Combest Community Health and Wellness Center will host a variety of events to commemorate National Health Center Week Aug. 9-14.
Community health recently has become a topic of great media and cinematic interest as public concern grows regarding U.S. diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease rates. These subjects have been featured repeatedly in documentaries, such as Katie Couric’s recent film, “Fed Up,” which features families and individuals struggling to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

The Larry Combest Community Health and Wellness Center seeks to help people build a healthy lifestyle, while providing a variety of primary health care services, including prenatal support, pediatric and senior care and create a regular medical home for patients, particularly those whose health is identified as among the most vulnerable in the community. National Health Center Week acknowledges the impact the more than 8,500 health centers make in the lives of more than 20 million underserved people in Lubbock and communities throughout the U.S., D.C., Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Pacific Basin, according to the Health Resources and Services Administration.

The center will commemorate the week with activities that will invite Lubbock citizens to take control of their health. These events will include:

Saturday in the Park
Copper Rawlings Community Center, 213 40th St.
August 1, Noon to 8 p.m.
City Council Proclamation in Observance of National Health Center Week
Lubbock City Hall Council Chamber, 1625 13th St.
August 13, 5 p.m.

The Larry Combest Community Health and Wellness Center also will commemorate the concurrent Patient Appreciation Week, during which all established patients who visit the center will receive a special gift to say thank you.

For more information about the Larry Combest Community Health and Wellness Center and National Health Center Week, call Michelle Hunter at (806) 743-9393 ext. 239 or email

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