From August 12th -18th, National Health Center Week will celebrate the contributions of health centers to their communities and raises awareness about their mission and accomplishments. These centers could be the ideal access to your healthcare realities, as they offer a wide range of affordable services.
The mission of health centers across the country is “to provide access to high quality, cost-effective health care services to everyone, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. These centers work to serve special patient populations and find creative solutions to healthcare problems that could benefit you and your family.
- Health centers serve 27 million patients, and that number continues to grow.
- There are health center locations in all 50 states and the District of Colombia.
- Health centers serve everyone – even those who are uninsured or underinsured.
What can health centers do for you?
Health centers are designed to serve you and hear your voice, as a majority of the Board of Directors must be patients who use the health center’s services. These centers are an essential part of communities nationwide that help to meet the serious need for cost-effective health care.
Health centers offer a range of services, including both primary and preventive care, that aid the community in the face of rising medical costs.
Centers near you could provide services such as:
- Immunizations and disease screenings
- Family and/or internal medicine
- Vision and dental services
- Mental health counseling
In addition to these medical services, health centers offer a number of enabling services including transportation, translation, case management, and health education. These aids help all patients receive an equal and high-quality level of care.
Health centers are located across the country, particularly in areas of high need without enough physicians and resources. These centers are working hard to provide the best medical care possible, and they are succeeding. Health centers compare well to private practices, illustrating their commitment and ability to offer their patients the best care possible.
If you have never been to a health center or aren’t familiar with any in your area, you can search for facilities near you at: https://www.findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.
Get involved in National Health Center Week
It is important to support and promote the great work done by health centers everywhere so they can continue to provide top quality care.
Take this week as an opportunity to learn about how health centers could benefit you or your family and spread the word about the great things they are doing for your community.
The week is organized into “focus days” to promote and enhance events taking place across the country. Take a look at the National Health Center Week website to learn about the focus day events you could get involved in. https://healthcenterweek.org/focus-days/
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“National Health Center Week” https://healthcenterweek.org/about-nhcw/
“Focus Days” : https://healthcenterweek.org/focus-days/
“Fact Sheets”: https://healthcenterweek.org/fact-sheets-2/
“Find a Health Center”: https://www.findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/
“How Health Centers Make a Difference”: http://www.nachc.org/about-our-health-centers/how-health-centers-make-a-difference/
“Community health centers compare well with private practices, researcher finds”: https://med.stanford.edu/news/all-news/2012/07/community-health-centers-compare-well-with-private-practices-researcher-finds.html