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National Health Center Week

August 13th – 19th is recognized as National Health Center Week and for over 30 years has been celebrated in recognition of all the hard work done by Community, Migrant, Homeless and Public Housing Health Centers.  Throughout the United States these health centers provide access to affordable, high quality, and cost effective health care to both underserved populations and those who are medically vulnerable[1]. Here is some key information on health centers[2]:

  • Serve over 24 million Americans and operate 10,100 delivery sites in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and U.S. territories
  • Over 71% of health center patients have family incomes at or below poverty
  • Over 24% of health center patients are uninsured
  • Over 48% depend on Medicaid coverage

Health centers work to remove common barriers to care in communities that see financial, cultural, geographic, or language based challenges. Health centers are located in high need areas, are open to everyone, and tailor their services to patients of special populations. Health centers offer care in many areas including:

  • Preventative Care
  • Management of chronic illnesses
  • Prenatal Care
  • Healthy lifestyle education

Many health centers hold events during National Health Center Week to give back to the community even more. Events include health fairs, open houses, contests and more. Please visit http://www.healthcenterweek.org/ for more info.

[1] Health Center Week National Health Center Week

[2] America’s Health Centers National Association of Community Health Centers