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Michigan Celebrates National Health Center Week 2018

Monday, August 13, 2018  
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LANSING, Mich.—As part of National Health Center Week (NHCW), Michigan’s health centers are hosting more than 100 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 12–18 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 (MPCA). “What many people don’t know is that health centers look beyond the charts, not only to prevent illness, but also to address the factors that actually cause poor health, such as poverty, homelessness, substance use, mental illness, lack of nutrition, and unemployment.”

 

Community health centers are part of a nationwide network that serves more than 28 million Americans, a number that continues to grow along with the demand for affordable primary care. Community health centers have compiled a significant record of success that includes:

 

  • Producing $24 billion in annual health system savings;
  • Reducing 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 one in six Medicaid beneficiaries for less than two percent of the national Medicaid budget.
  • Lowering the cost of children’s primary care by approximately 35 percent.

Here in Michigan, health centers serve more than 700,000 patients at more than 300 sites throughout the state. About 54 percent of those patients rely on Medicaid to receive care. The heroes who work at 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.

 

“I can’t think of any other place where you can meet all your primary health needs under one roof and take cooking, exercise, and health education classes,” said Bush. “Community health centers also connect patients to social services, such as food, housing, or job assistance, as well as enabling services that help them access care, such as transportation or translation.”

 

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 or follow the conversation using #NHCW18 on Twitter.


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