First Choice Health Centers is proud to be a part of the national campaign celebrating Community Health Centers as the Key to Healthier Communities. The Center is planning a variety of events as part of National Health Center Week (NHCW) thanks in part of our sponsor, OneDigital Health and Benefits. The national campaign runs August 13th-19th with the goal of raising awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s Health Centers over the course of more than five decades.
One of the bright spots in America’s health care system, Community Health Centers like First Choice 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.
Health centers not only prevent illness and foster wellness in the most challenging populations, they produce innovative solutions to the most pressing health care issues in their communities. They reach beyond the walls of conventional medicine to address the factors that may 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.
There are NHCW events scheduled across the country, locally, First Choice Health Centers is kicking off NHCW with the Hartford Yard Goats on Saturday, August 12th for an employee & patient appreciation night. The week’s events will include Cancer Prevention & Treatment education, BMI Screenings, Low Vision Education, Cooking Classes, Prenatal Health Workshop, DIY Container Gardening, STD/HIV/LGBTQ+ Education, Oral Health screenings and dental cleanings, Health Center Advocates and Parents As Teachers Ice Cream Social as well as a program titled “Voices of Recovery” featuring First Choice Health Patients discussing their ongoing recovery from opioid addiction.
For our full schedule of National Health Center Week events visit our website at www.firstchc.org.