Following robust outreach efforts, CCI will host multiple events in the coming months. CCI Health Services, the local community health center serving Montgomery and Prince…
CCI Health Services, the local community health center serving Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties, will host four events between August and the end of September. The events will allow CCI to engage with the community in various ways, from a fun block party for the whole family to an intimate foodie gathering and more.
CCI spends much time out and about in the community during the warmer months. Last year alone, the organization attended 27 events in 11 cities across the two counties. It hosted three of its events—including one in the rain following a hurricane.
“We have a running joke that if CCI planned the event, it’s going to rain,” said CCI PR and Outreach Specialist Carmen Frazier. “But rain or shine, it’s important for us to be out in the community, meeting people and letting them know we’re here to support them—especially those who have trouble accessing health care.”
The non-profit sees these activities as an extension of its services—offering HIV and STI screenings, COVID and flu vaccines, and more at events. However, more importantly, the organization also knows it’s an opportunity to foster trust within the community they serve and belong to.
“It’s one thing to say we’re here to provide you with services. It’s another to show up and participate in what’s happening in the neighborhood,” said Chief Strategy Officer Jessica Wilson. “And that’s how we’re different. We live, work, and play in the cities where our 11 sites are located. We pride ourselves on hiring from within the community and getting to know our local civic and business partners.”
The health center will host two events during National Health Center Week (August 6-12), along with the WIC Back to Work Shower on August 30, and cap off the season with their 6th Annual 5K on September 30.
Sunset Soirée: An Intimate Food Experience for a Cause
Wednesday, August 9, 2023
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM in Downtown Silver Spring
$250 per person. Tickets are available.
This exclusive intimate food experience is curated by award-winning and nationally renowned Chefs Kevin Tien and Tim Ma of Chefs Stopping AAPI Hate, and Maryland-native Ari Augenbaum, executive chef of Soul Taco Restaurant and JewFro. It will also feature pastries by Chef Susan Bae and drinks by award-winning bartender Thi Nguyen. The 80-person intimate event will take place in downtown Silver Spring. It will raise awareness and funds for CCI Health Services and Chefs Stopping AAPI Hate.
3rd Annual Block Party
Saturday, August 12, 2023
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Free & Family Friendly
The Block Party encourages youth in the community to take control of their health. It is a chance for the local community to come together for a day of family fun, including food, prizes, music, and more! On August 12, our young adults can learn more about CCI’s services, including confidential and free resources and from other health, fitness, career, and education organizations in the community.
Back to Work Shower
Wednesday, August 30, 2023
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Downtown Silver Spring
This event is for WIC participants and by invitation only.
August is World Breastfeeding Month, and the theme is “Enable Breastfeeding: Making a Difference for Working Parents.” CCI’s Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program is hosting a Back to Work shower for its WIC participants on August 30. This Shower will aid in preparing breastfeeding moms to transition from feeding at the breast to pumping, to prepare them to have a successful pumping journey at work.
6th Annual Run Baby Run
Saturday, September 30, 2023
8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Wheaton Regional Park
Registration is required to participate in the 5K. Vendor Village is free and open to the public.
CCI’s annual Run Baby Run 5K raises funds and awareness about the importance of maternal and child health. Like communities across the country, our region experiences maternal and child health disparities that impact access to prenatal care services. The lack of access means birthing people and babies are at greater risk of complications during and after pregnancy. CCI continues to work to increase access to prenatal care by expanding services and providing health education and nutrition assistance across our communities so every pregnancy is as healthy as possible and every baby has the best start.