EMS is proud to celebrate National Health Center Week! Sponsored by the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), National Health Center Week is the perfect time to recognize community health centers nationwide and all that their practitioners do to provide innovate health service delivery to more than 25 million patients.
About National Health Center Week
The goal of National Health Center Week is to create public awareness of Health Center programs – the work you do – and how you do it. Whether or not your Health Center is hosting an event, you can still celebrate National Health Center Week by drawing attention to your health center through local media stories — on social media, print media, radio and on television.
About the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC)
The NACHC was founded in 1971 to “promote the provision of high quality, comprehensive and affordable health care that is coordinated, culturally and linguistically competent, and community directed for all medically underserved populations.”
One of the bright spots in America’s health care system, Community Health Centers serve more than 25 million Americans, a number that continues to grow along with the demand for affordable primary care. They have compiled a significant record of success that includes:
- Producing $24 billion in annual health system savings
- Reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and unnecessary 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
Get involved in National Health Center Week
There are NHCW events 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 dental cleanings, and much more.
And don’t forget to share your National Health Center Week moments on social media using use the official hashtag #NHCW17 and the health center value hashtag #valueCHCs. Follow the NACHC’s Facebook https://www.facebook.com/nachc and Twitter https://twitter.com/NACHC accounts for updates, information, and inspiration.
To learn more about NHCW and review the listing of events, visit http://www.healthcenterweek.org.