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Michigan Celebrates National Health Center Week 2017

Monday, August 14, 2017  
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LANSING, Mich.—As part of National Health Center Week (NHCW), Michigan’s health centers are hosting more than 90 events — including health fairs, back-to-school celebrations, pop-ups, races, and picnics — throughout the state. The statewide celebration, officially proclaimed by Gov. Snyder, runs August 13–19 with the goal of raising awareness about the mission and accomplishments of Michigan’s 45 health centers.

 

“National Health Center Week is our favorite time of the year because it gives us the opportunity to showcase the incredible work community health centers do every day,” said Loretta V. Bush, chief executive officer, Michigan Primary Care Association. “Each health center is unique to its community, making it perfectly positioned to break down financial, geographic, linguistic, and cultural barriers their patients face.”

 

Community health centers in Michigan serve more than 650,000 people, a number that continues to grow along with the demand for affordable, high-quality primary care—including medical, dental, and behavioral health services. And, with more than 4,900 employees, health centers are economic engines in their communities, too. Michigan’s health centers have compiled a significant record of success that includes:

 

  • Helping to reduce unnecessary hospitalizations and visits to the emergency room;
  • Treating patients for a fraction of the average cost of one emergency room visit;
  • Maintaining patient satisfaction levels of nearly 100 percent; 
  • Serving more than 20 percent of the state’s Medicaid beneficiaries for only 1.7 percent of the state’s Medicaid budget.

 

Health centers not only prevent illness and foster wellness among the most challenging populations; they also create innovative solutions to the most pressing health care issues in their communities. They reach beyond the walls of conventional medicine to address the social factors that can cause sickness, such as lack of nutrition, mental illness, homelessness and opioid addiction. Because of their long record of success in innovation, managing health care costs, and reducing chronic disease, health centers have a proud tradition of bipartisan support in Congress.

 

To learn more about NHCW and the events happening nationwide, please visit www.healthcenterweek.org and follow the conversation using #NHCW17 on Twitter.



 
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