Springfield Baystate Medical Center holds community health fair

Hampden County

This week 22News has focused on how Community Health Centers serve as a lifeline for thousands of underserved greater Springfield families.

Baystate Medical Center’s High Street Health Center staffed its health fair Thursday to provide answers to neighborhood health problems.

Health worker Julie Vital told 22News filling prescriptions, and taking the medicine are a major concern.

“We see a lot of patients that are non-compliant with medication because their insurance lapses or their insurance doesn’t cover certain medications,” said Vital. “They’re unable to get their medications. They don’t have a ride to the clinic to see the Doctor.”

Jaime Jusiao lives in the neighborhood served by the high street health center. He’s now recovering from a serious surgery.

“Heart problems, I just had heart surgery a couple of months ago and I’m doing okay,” Jusiao told 22News.

As part of Greater Springfield’s observance of National Community Health Center week, similar health fairs will be held Friday at Baystate Medical Center’s Brightwood and Mason Square health center.

It’s estimated that the three health centers in Springfield serve tens of thousands of people every year.

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