Archive for month: July, 2013

Archive for month: July, 2013

The Nation Marks National Health Center Week 2013

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National Health Center Week (NHCW) 2013 kicks off as part of a weeklong campaign (August 11-17) to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s Health Centers as local solutions for affordable and accessible health care. More than 1,000 events will take place at health centers and in communities from coast to coast.

President Barack Obama issued a proclamation officially designating this week as NHCW. “Community Health Centers play a critical role in providing affordable, high-quality preventive and primary health care to millions of Americans,” he said. “From urban centers to rural towns, they offer vital services regardless of ability to pay—services that help patients stay healthy and avoid emergency room visits. During National Health Center Week, we recognize health centers’ significant contributions to keeping America healthy, and we offer our continuing support to the dedicated providers who operate them.”

Governors from numerous states have also issued NHCW proclamations, including governors Quinn (IL), Snyder (MI), Bryant (MS), Sandoval (NV), Christie (NJ), McCrory (NC), Kasich (OH), Corbett (PA), Fallin (OK), Perry (TX), Inslee (WA), and Walker (WI). You can view the proclamations by visiting this link. Also Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will join in the celebration by visiting Saint Joseph’s Mercy Care Services in Atlanta, GA, tomorrow (view announcement).

One of the bright spots in America’s health care system, Community Health Centers have been in existence for over 45 years and have compiled a significant record of success by:

  • Reducing income and ethnic health disparities nationwide, even in the poorest and most challenged communities
  • Producing $24 billion in annual health system savings
  • Reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and unnecessary visits to the ER
  • Generating a system of preventive medicine that patients use regularly to stay healthy, thus saving lives.

Health centers serve more than 22 million people nationwide, and are increasingly becoming the trusted provider of choice for many families, whether they are insured or not. The theme for NHCW 2013 is “Celebrating America’s Health Centers: Transforming Health Care in Our Local Communities,” which underscores how health centers go beyond the reach of medicine to not only prevent illness, but address the factors that cause it. For instance, poor nutrition, unemployment, stress, or housing can affect a person’s whole health. In addition to primary care services, health centers provide a comprehensive range of enabling services that promote access to care, well-being, and economic and workforce development in the community, such as casework, transportation, daycare and housing assistance (view infographic).

NHCW 2013 is sponsored by McKesson, the Partnership for Prescription Assistance, Henry Schein, Centene, Amerigroup, BKD, Campaign for Modern Medicine, NextGen, Benco Dental and Compugroup Medical.

For a more information and a complete listing of events visit www.healthcenterweek.org. #NHCW2013 to join the conversation.