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ASU benefit encourages community to have a HeArt

February 08, 2011

ASU’s College of Nursing & Health Innovation will host the inaugural “Have a HeArt” benefit later this month to help fund the university’s four non-profit clinics around the Valley, collectively known as NP Healthcare.

Located in the heart of downtown Phoenix in the Innovation Auditorium on the first floor of the College of Nursing & Health Innovation Building Two at 550 N. 3rd Street, the benefit is open to the public and takes place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Feb. 25.

“Most people think the health clinics are just for students but our services are available to the entire community,” said Debra Vincent, community liaison for ASU’s Clinical Practice and Community Partnerships. “We offer accessible and affordable health care in a professional setting.”

“Have a HeArt” promises to be an exciting and fun way to enjoy delectable and heart-healthy food prepared by local chefs while listening to live music and participating in an eclectic silent auction, which includes a wide array of locally produced art. On-site nutritional analysis and advice on what food to keep your heart healthy and to fight specific diseases will be offered as well as tours of the 4,000-square-foot health center at ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus. Attendees will discover that “heart-healthy food” doesn’t mean “boring” or “carrots and celery sticks.”

Tickets are $25. All proceeds will benefit ASU’s four NP Healthcare clinics throughout the greater Metropolitan Phoenix area. Contributions of silent auction items and sponsors will be recognized in the event program and in the college’s annual report.

The NP Healthcare provider staff includes practitioners who specialize in family practice and behavioral/mental healthcare. Services include men and women’s health exams, counseling and mental health care, minor illness care, prescriptions for medications, chronic disease management, family planning, healthy lifestyles education, stress management, tobacco cessation, nutrition advice, on-site EKG, sexually transmitted infection testing/treatment and referrals to other medical and health services.

Patients can use their health insurance to pay for services as well as cash, credit card, Sun Card or have their student account charged for the cost of the services. For employers, the NP Care members enjoy access to quality and accessible basic health services for a fixed office visit fee and discounts on tests performed at outside labs.

For more information or to enroll in the NP Care program, visit the NP Healthcare clinic nearest you. You can find out more about our locations at or by calling (480) 496-0721.