2012-01-13 / Community

Library, FHC Join In Health Venture

By Miriam Rosenberg

ConnectCare, aimed to bring primary and preventive care to those who don’t have it, will be available at most peninsula libraries including the Arverne branch. ConnectCare, aimed to bring primary and preventive care to those who don’t have it, will be available at most peninsula libraries including the Arverne branch. In an effort to promote good health in the New Year the Queens Library, together with the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center, is launching a new program in Queens, with an emphasis on the Rockaways, which is aimed at contributing to a healthier community.

Connect Care, a partnership among the library, Addabbo and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, is meant to encourage Queens residents, especially those in the Rockaways and South Jamaica, to take advantage of affordable primary and preventive medical care.

“It is far easier, healthier and less expensive to prevent an illness and/or treat it when it first appears than it is to treat it when disease is advanced,” said the Queens Library’s press release announcing the venture. “It is also far less expensive for a primary care physician to treat a patient than it is for them to go to a hospital emergency room. Using a primary care physician gives patients more consistent care. Patients see the same medical professionals from visit to visit. They have the option of choosing from four locations, including Arverne and Far Rockaway. And they won’t be kept in the waiting room for hours on end!”

According to Joanne King of the Queens Library, Addabbo will be providing the primary care.

“At the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Centers, parents are able to get affordable wellness care and immunizations for their children in addition to having them treated when they are ill,” said the press release. “There are obstetricians/ gynecology services and doctors who specialize in dealing with the problems of seniors and adolescents. There is even dental care. Many insurance plans are accepted, and there is a sliding fee scale for those who do not have insurance.”

As part of the new program, the library will add to the number of its many free health related programs.

Among the issues that will be addressed is the importance of controlled blood pressure, obesity, asthma, diabetes. Exercise programs and screenings for blood pressure, blood glucose and healthy weight will be avail- able. A Connect Care coordinator will be assigned to the following Rockaway libraries – the Far Rockaway Library on Central Avenue, the Arverne Library on Beach 54 Street, the Peninsula Library (and its Learning Center) on Beach 92 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard, and the Queens Library for Teens on Cornaga Avenue and Beach 20 Street in Far Rockaway – to help customers make appointments at Addabbo. Outside of Rockaway there will be three other Connect Care library locations – the Queens Central Library on Merrick Road and the Baisley Park Library on Sutphin Boulevard, both in Jamaica; and the South Ozone Park Library on Rockaway Boulevard.

Addabbo health centers in Rockaway are located at 1288 Central Avenue in Far Rockaway and 6200 Beach Channel Drive in Arverne. Addabbo also operates health care centers in Jamaica at 118-11 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard and 114-39/49 Sutphin Boulevard. Connect Care is funded by a grant from The New York State Health Foundation.

For more information contact Tamara Michel at 718-990-5197 or by email at tmichel@queensli-brary.org

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