By Lisa Stein, Director of Advancement at United Family Medicine

What do doctors playing music and learning about the sugar content in ketchup have in common? Have you ever been interested in walking through a giant super colon? How about having a great time with friends and neighbors while also learning something new about your health and getting your teeth cleaned? All of these can be accomplished at the inaugural Healthy West 7th Block Party.

National Health Center Week has been celebrated for more than 30 years. Early on, health centers and the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) recognized the benefits of joining together to celebrate and showcase their programs and deliver a strong message nationwide for health centers and their patients. National Health Center Week provides an ideal occasion to celebrate the long record of success and delivery of high quality, cost effective, and accessible care across the nation. It is a great opportunity for health centers to speak out and tell the story of their community-based model of care, and increase public awareness of what they do and how they do it.

In celebration of National Health Center Week, United Family Medicine (UFM) will be throwing a community health-focused block party. On Thursday, August 11, from 4 to 8 PM, UFM will host a community celebration for the West 7th neighborhood, celebrating all the ways a community supports leading a healthy lifestyle. On August 11, next to the main UFM clinic, 1026 West 7th Street, UFM will close off Randolph Avenue between West 7th and Drake Street for the event.

Unlike other health fairs, the Healthy West 7th Block Party is bringing together businesses and organizations in our community, highlighting all the ways the West 7th community is unique, and the ways we are working together to build a stronger, healthier community- providing opportunities to learn and engage in discussions about important topics.

This free event will be a fun and engaging gathering of the community, with fun health-focused activities, live music and good food. UFM will be joined by health-focused organizations offering programming and services in the West 7th neighborhood. Healthy West 7th Block Party is sponsored by Allina Health, Delta Dental of Minnesota, Jazz88, American Cancer Society, Dermatology Consultants, Hazelden Betty Ford, Minnesota Gastroenterology and the Saint Paul Fire Department.

UFM is an independent, nonprofit provider of primary health care, physician training, dental, behavioral health, and health promotion and outreach services. For the past 75 years, UFM has provided access to comprehensive care on a sliding fee scale to improve the health and wellbeing of our patients, regardless of the ability to pay. The mission of UFM is to serve and to teach. We provide access to comprehensive primary and dental care to our community in order to improve the health and wellbeing of our patients, regardless of the ability to pay.

UFM is located in the heart of the West 7th neighborhood and saw nearly 15,000 patients and conducted over 62,000 visits in 2015, a 20% increase over the last 3 years. For the second year in a row, UFM was awarded the designation of National Quality Leader by the United States Department of Health and Human Services. This award is presented to clinics exceeding national benchmarks for chronic disease management, preventive care, and perinatal/prenatal care, demonstrating the critical role that health centers play in promoting higher quality health care nationwide. UFM was one of 61 Federally Qualified Health Centers nationwide out of more than 1,200 clinics and the only clinic in Minnesota selected for this honor in 2015. Again in 2016, Dr. Tim Rumsey and Dr. Kally Macken were awarded “Top Doctor” by Mpls. St. Paul Magazine.

We are YOUR neighborhood clinic. Join us for a celebration of health and community on Thursday, August 11 from 4:00 to 8:00PM at 1026 West 7th Street. We will be partying rain or shine.

United Family Medicine

United Family Medicine