On May 23rd, staff in Administration, as well as, in the Parlier Health Center participated in the nationwide effort Red Nose Day. The campaign aims to end child poverty by raising awareness and funds to help children in need. UHC staff gladly wore the red noses throughout the day to show their support.

On May 12th, more than 350 people attended the Orange Cove Car Show organized by the Orange Cove Chamber of Commerce, which featured a variety of classic cars, trucks and bicycles, as well as, many vendors. UHC staff provided information about UHC services, health education, as well as, blood pressure checks at this annual event.

On May 30th, UHC staff from the Fowler and Sanger Health Centers participated in the Pom Wonderful Wellness Fair in Del Rey. Services were provided at the processing plant to more than 150 people who attended the 3-hour event. Health Education and Enrollment information was also provided to attendees. 

On May 16th, the Parlier School-Based Health Center staff provided healthcare information, as well as, blood pressure and immunization checks to parents during Registration at Mathew J. Brletic Elementary School.

On May 17th, UHC honored longtime employees during a Years of Service program. About 100 guests attended a ceremony and lunch for the honorees at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Fresno. Employees who have been part of UHC for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 35 years were recognized and each received a gift, a plaque as well as a professional photograph. UHC staff applauded the accomplishments of fellow co-workers.

UHC President and CEO, Colleen Curtis, who also received a Years of Service recognition for 15 years with UHC, acknowledged the dedication of all recipients.

"Every day that you come to work makes such a different in people's lives," she said. "Having available and affordable healthcare right in their communities is great so we are going to continue to do it."

On May 19th, UHC staff in Corcoran provided blood pressure screenings and enrollment information to more than 100 people during the SpringFest & AfterShock Car Show, which was attended by more than 200 people. The ICARE Bear posed for photographs and handed out sunglasses to children. UHC was among several organizations invited by the Corcoran Chamber of Commerce, which organized the annual event in downtown Corcoran.

On May 16th, several members of the UHC Leadership team, along with UHC staff, attended the Fresno Healthcare Coalition Strategy Forum at The Falls Event Center in Fresno. The forum was organized by Centro La Familia Advocacy Services, which is one of 10 coalition member partners, to highlight the importance of Medi-Cal to Fresno County's economy and discuss the impact of potential reform.

Attendees included healthcare providers, community based organizations, as well as, representatives from businesses and local government. The focus of the event was on the economic impacts on different cross sectors in Fresno County. UHC Deputy CEO, Justin Preas, participated as a panelist in a discussion about the local impact on healthcare systems, specifically services, including dental care for adults.

"It was a really informed discussion with various community and healthcare leaders regarding the potential impacts to patients and communities if the Affordable Care Act and Medi-Cal expansion is retracted," he said.

United Health Centers of the San Joaquin Valley, is the largest non-profit comprehensive primary care provider in its service area, which includes the County of Fresno, and a partner in the Fresno Healthcare Coalition.

On May 4th, Bee Sweet Citrus Inc. employees were provided with healthcare, nutrition and eligibility information during the Breast Cancer Screening Mammograms in the Life Saving Images mobile unit. The event was co-sponsored by UHC and Susan G. Komen.

On May 11th, UHC Volunteer Program Manager, Naomi Popoff, recognized members of the Parlier High School Lifesavers Health Club for earning community service hours through the UHC Volunteer Program.

"This year I have worked alongside the club very hard to help build the club into a success and also for the students to earn as many hours as possible," Naomi said.

Naomi and club members organized an end of year luncheon celebration at Parlier High School where they invited the Parlier School-Based Health Center staff. Club officers showed their appreciation for the partnership between UHC, the UHC Volunteer Program and the Lifesavers Club by presenting certificates to UHC staff.

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