National Health Center Week (August 12-18, 2018) is an annual celebration with the goal of raising awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s health centers over the past five decades. Health centers serve 27 million patients, a number that continues to grow along with the demand for affordable primary care.
In addition to their long history as health care homes to millions, health centers produce innovative solutions to the most pressing health care issues in their communities and reach beyond the walls of conventional medicine to address the social determinants of health affecting special patient populations.
This year, the National Association of Community Health Centers and the Health Center Advocacy Network invite you to celebrate the incredible health care heroes – individuals who live and breathe the health center mission and exceed the call of duty to support health centers in providing quality health care for patients in the community.
A host of NHCW events are scheduled across the country, including health fairs, visits by Members of Congress and state officials to local health centers, press conferences, back-to-school drives, community breakfasts, patient appreciation events, free health screenings and much more. Check this link for an event near you.
National Health Center Week has been celebrated for more than 30 years. Health Center Week was not always celebrated in August. However, it has become the month of choice to reach out to lawmakers and the media and to promote the Health Center legislative agenda. For example, Congress traditionally takes a recess in August allowing US Representatives and Senators to return to their home states and congressional districts. It is normally the time just before final decisions are made in Congress on appropriations and a host of other issues that may affect health center programs. Members of Congress are eager to attend public events at Health Centers and to meet and hear from their constituents. In addition, August is generally a “slow” news month for the media. With Congress and many state legislatures either on recess or adjourned, reporters are searching for stories and issues to cover. Also, Health Centers have found that August is an ideal time to reach out to families and children with health fairs/screenings.
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