Wednesday November 21, 2012
The Community Health Centers of Burlington (CHCB) honored South Burlington resident Joe Arioli, CHCB’s former Executive Director from 1996-2009, during their Annual Meeting on Thursday, November 1st.
CHCB’s Dr. John Brooklyn and former Board President, Phil Lavoie, presented the plaque to Arioli in recognition of the many significant contributions made on behalf of CHCB’s growth and development and in appreciation for his leadership and dedication to the organization and its mission.
This year, CHCB’s Annual Meeting celebrated 41 years of service, the remarkable work, dedication and passion of the CHCB staff, and the many people, donors, community partners and organizations that have helped CHCB grow from a tiny all-volunteer clinic that began in 1971 to the comprehensive nationally accredited medical home that, this year, will serve 15,000 community residents.
Now entering their 42nd year of service, The Community Health Centers of Burlington (CHCB) has increased access to high quality health care for Vermonters, regardless of their ability to pay. One of Burlington’s largest family medical and dental practices and one of eight non-profit, federally qualified health centers in Vermont, the Health Center provides comprehensive health, dental, and human services to all community residents, with special programs that ensure access to care for people without health insurance and adults and families experiencing homelessness. These special programs include: medical visits starting at $10 for the uninsured or 22% of the total cost for dental visits; free and low cost prescription programs; social work support; and interpreter services for non-English speaking patients.
(CHCB’s main facility, the Riverside Health Center, is located at 617 Riverside Avenue, Burlington. CHCB’s Homeless Health Care Program offers a full range of services at two specialized health centers, Safe Harbor Health Center for adults and families located at 184 South Winooski Avenue and Pearl Street Youth Health Center for youth and young adults located at 179 Pearl Street.)
CHCB is a United Way of Chittenden County agency and is funded in part by a grant from the US Health Resources and Services Administration and generous community support.