National Health Center Week 2014 Kicks Off Sunday, August 10
Friday, August 8, 2014
Michigan Health Centers are marking National Health Center Week 2014 by hosting events in communities across the state August 10-16. National Health Center Week (#NHCW2014) is a weeklong celebration to raise awareness of the mission and accomplishments of America’s Health Centers as local solutions for affordable and accessible health care.
Health Centers have historically received praise from bipartisan Members of Congress and the White House for their success in:
Michigan Governors and Legislatures have also traditionally recognized the vital role of Health Centers in improving the health of Michigan residents, communities, and the state as a whole. Once again, Governor Rick Snyder has proclaimed Health Center Week in Michigan this year.
- 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 emergency room
- Generating a system of preventive care that patients use regularly to stay healthy, thus saving lives
The theme for National Health Center Week 2014 is “Celebrating America’s Health Centers: Local Engines for Healthier Communities.” This theme underscores how Health Centers deliver quality care while serving as critical economic engines helping to power local economies. As community directed and operated businesses, America’s Health Centers employ hundreds of thousands of individuals at approximately 9,000 delivery sites nationwide. Last year, Michigan Health Centers provided 4,260.35 full-time equivalent jobs in communities across the state.
“Health centers are a proven model that has delivered multiple returns on the public and private investment for the past 50 years,” said Kim Sibilsky, Chief Executive Officer, Michigan Primary Care Association. “Michigan’s Health Centers provide patient centered health care homes for and operated by communities across the state that address local needs and are helping to build healthier communities and a healthier state. When people have a place to go for regular care that focuses on prevention and connects them to community resources that can improve their quality of life, they are more likely to avoid illness, improve their health, and stay out of the hospital. This is what health care should be, and what we celebrate during National Health Center Week.”
In addition to delivering primary medical, dental, and behavioral health care, Health Centers provide a comprehensive range of services that enhance access to care, well-being, and economic and workforce development in the community, such as casework, transportation, and insurance enrollment assistance.
Today, Health Centers serve more than 22 million people nationwide, including over 600,000 Michigan residents. Health Centers are increasingly becoming the trusted provider of choice for many individuals and families, regardless of insurance status or income level.
To learn more about National Health Center Week 2014 and events taking place in Michigan, visit www.healthcenterweek.org. For more information about Michigan’s 38 Health Center organizations that operate 240 delivery sites across the state, visit www.mpca.net. To learn more about the mission and accomplishments of America’s Health Centers please visit the web site of the National Association of Community Health Centers at www.nachc.org.