Prevention & Wellness
Prevention and wellness are key to how we provide health care at Families First. Many health screenings and conversations about wellness are part of primary-care visits for adults and children. In addition, we occasionally offer screening clinics, wellness groups and other services designed to help you prevent an illness or identify and manage a chronic health condition. Please note: Some of these services are open to the public, while others are only for current Families First patients, as explained below.
Rapid HIV Screenings
Families First partners with the Joan G. Lovering Health Center to offer rapid HIV testing on-site at Families First. This test is done with a finger stick, not a blood draw, and you’ll have the results before you leave.
- HIV testing is recommended for individuals with past or present IV drug use, sex partners of IV drug users, and men who have sex with men.
If you have health insurance, your insurance will be billed. If you are uninsured and fall into any of the above categories, you can be tested for free.
When: First Friday of each month from 1-4 p.m. (Next dates in 2017: March 3, April 7, May 5)
Where: Families First Health Center
No appointment is needed. You do not have to be a Families First Health Center patient.
Questions? Call Brigit at Lovering Health Center: 603-436-7588 or 1-877-436-7588.
Breast and Cervical Cancer Screenings
Did you know cervical cancer is one of the easiest female cancers to prevent? And that mammograms save thousands of lives each year by finding breast cancer early enough so that it can be treated?
To help as many women as possible have access to these life-saving tests, Families First offers free Pap tests, clinical breast exams, and referrals for free mammograms. To be eligible for these screenings, women must be age 40 or older; be uninsured or have health insurance with a high deductible; and meet household income guidelines – for example, an annual income under about $30,000 for a single woman. Women younger than 40 who haven’t had a Pap smear in more than three years are also eligible. More info
To take advantage of the free screenings:
- If you are already a Families First Health Center patient, call 603-422-8208 ext. 1 to schedule an appointment. (Interested in becoming a patient? Call the same number, or click for info on becoming a patient.)
- If you are not a Families First patient and would like information about screenings that are open to the general public, call Carol Menard, RN, at (603) 422-8208 ext 222 or send an email.