August 13-19, 2017 is National Health Center Week
Did you know that community Health Centers provide care for over 25 million Americans at more than 9,000 locations across the country?
This August, the National Association of Community Health Centers, is sponsoring the National Health Center Week, with a theme of “Celebrating America’s Health Centers: The Key to Healthier Communities.”
Health centers are community-based and community-directed organizations that provide high quality, comprehensive primary and preventive health care services to some of the nation’s most vulnerable individuals and families. The centers help to reduce health disparities with integrated care management by providing patients with access to pharmacy, mental health, substance abuse, and dental services, as well as health education and transportation services.
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), which manages the federal program, states that by providing healthcare to adult and children living in poverty, patients in under-served rural communities, and veterans, these health centers reduce costs to the system. Spending on high-cost emergency rooms and hospital inpatient stays was reported 24% lower in patients of health centers than in non-health center patients in a 2016 multi-state study.
So, this August, check out the health centers programming to see what they do in your community (find the closest center to you here). For reference, below are examples of various community-based efforts in support of National Health Center Week 2017.
You can also help bring awareness to how these organizations help the underserved in your area by tweeting #NHCW17.