Michigan Primary Care Association and Governor Rick Snyder Celebrate Health Center Week in Michigan
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Lansing, MI, July 29, 2015 – The Michigan Primary Care Association, the voice and membership association for Michigan’s Health Centers, is proud to kick off National Health Center Week 2015 with a proclamation from Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.
Michigan Governors and Legislatures have historically recognized the vital role of Health Centers in improving the health of Michigan residents, communities, and the state as a whole. Continuing this tradition, Governor Snyder has proclaimed August 9 through August 15, 2015, as Health Center Week in Michigan. “The health and well-being of all Michiganders remains an important priority," Snyder said. "Not only do our Health Centers provide quality health care services, they also bring stable job opportunities to the communities they serve. I thank them for the work they do to support our state's health and economic comeback."
The statewide recognition compliments the national celebration of America’s Health Centers during National Health Center Week, a weeklong campaign to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s Health Centers – the largest and most successful system of primary health care. This year, Health Centers celebrate 50 years of providing quality, affordable, comprehensive primary and preventive health care to over 23 million Americans through more than 9,200 delivery sites across every state and territory. In Michigan, 40 Health Centers provide health care at over 250 delivery sites for more than 600,000 Michiganders annually.
This year’s theme “America’s Health Centers: Celebrating Our Legacy, Shaping Our Future” is testament to the 50 year journey Health Centers celebrate today. A bright spot in history of America’s health care system, Health Centers started as a pilot project during President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. Today, Health Centers have compiled a significant record of success that includes reducing mortality rates, lowering hospital ER visits and admissions, and generating $24 billion a year in annual health care savings.
“Health Centers provide a range of primary care services including pediatrics, obstetrics, pharmacy, oral health, and mental health services. In addition, Health Centers provide support services including transportation, translation, education, and connection to community supports such as housing and food assistance,” said Rebecca Cienki, Chief Operating Officer, Michigan Primary Care Association. “Health Center patients receive the care they need, close to where they live and under one roof. When people have a primary care home and a place to receive quality, affordable care, they use it and as a result, are healthier. This is what health care should be, and what we celebrate during National Health Center Week.”
In celebration and recognition of Health Center’s legacy in providing health care to underserved areas and populations regardless of insurance status, household income, age, ethnicity or health condition, Michigan Health Centers, along with their nationwide peers, are hosting events throughout the month of August. A complete list of Michigan Health Center events is available at http://bit.ly/NHCWMi15 or follow #NHCWMi15 on Twitter and Facebook.
About Community Health Centers
To address the widespread lack of access to basic health care, community health centers serve over 23 million people at more than 9,200 sites located throughout all 50 states and U.S. territories. Health Centers depend in large part on public financial help and need a unified voice and common source for research, information, training and advocacy. The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) organized in 1971. To learn more, please visit www.healthcenterweek.org or www.nachc.org or follow #NHCW on Twitter.
About Michigan Primary Care Association
For over 35 years, the Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) has been the voice for Health Centers and other community-based providers. MPCA is a leader in building a healthy society in which all residents have convenient and affordable access to quality health care. MPCA’s mission is to promote, support, and develop comprehensive, accessible, and affordable quality community-based primary care services to everyone in Michigan. For more information, please visit www.mpca.net or call 517.381.8000.