August 12-15, 2018 is National Health Center Week (NHCW). If you work in the healthcare industry, you know it’s an annual celebration with the goal of raising awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s health centers over the past five decades. But, if you don’t, now’s the perfect time to learn more about the work and services health centers provide to special populations, including children and the homeless, within their (and your) community.
According to the NHCW website, 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.
Like usual, a host of NHCW events are scheduled across the country, comprising 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. Each day of NHCW 2018 is dedicated to a particular focus area:
- Tuesday, 8/14: Public Housing Health Centers Day
- Wednesday, 8/15: Healthcare for the Homeless Day
- Thursday, 8/16: Agricultural Worker Health Day
- Friday, 8/17: Patient Appreciation Day
- Saturday, 8/18: Children’s Health Day
This week, BOLDplanning joins NHCW in celebrating the tremendous work of the innovative and dedicated health center heroes in our (and your) community. We also encourage you to mark your calendars for National Health Center Week 2019, August 11th through 17th. But, don’t wait until then to recognize these outstanding individuals and health centers. Tell them how much they’re appreciated at every opportunity. They’ll thank you.