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From broken bones to the flu to mental wellness, health centers are critically important to building strong, vibrant communities. National Health Center Week (NHCW), now in its 53rd year, celebrates the significant achievements of community health centers and looks ahead to a healthier future for all Americans.
The History of Community Health Centers in America
Community health centers have been providing quality, affordable care since President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Social Security Act of 1965 into law. The National Association of Community Health Centers (NAHW) was officially incorporated in 1971 and currently represents more than 1,300 health center locations nationwide. NAHW is one of the nation’s oldest continuously operating healthcare advocacy organizations.
National Health Center Week was established in 1991 to raise awareness for local health centers in the United States, which are located in more than 9,000 communities.
Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), like Advantage Care Health Centers, provide members of the community with access to comprehensive health services, including primary care, dental, and mental/behavioral health, regardless of insurance status or the ability to pay. This strong network of neighborhood medical facilities has been credited with improving the health of at-risk individuals in the United States.
America’s Health Centers Improve Access to Quality Care
Health centers are community-based and patient-directed medical facilities that provide comprehensive, affordable, high-quality health care services to all members of the community. Unlike large hospitals, they offer access to medical care to those who might otherwise have been excluded from the health care system.
Today, more than 30 million patients count on the care and assistance of the health professionals who make community health care across the country a valuable resource to all.
National Health Center Week: “The Chemistry for Strong Communities”
Every year, National Health Center Week celebrates this critical support network, which has been making a positive impact on the lives of millions of Americans since 1965.
The 2021 theme of NHCW is “The Chemistry for Strong Communities.” The focus of the celebration was chosen to showcase the strong connection between community members and health care professionals. They offer a source of strength in neighborhoods across the country in moments of both joy and pain.
Advantage Care Health Centers: Helping Long Island Stay Healthy Since 2004
Advantage Care Health Centers is a proud supporter of National Health Center Week. Our vision is to provide compassionate, efficient, and accessible health care services to all members of the community, regardless of insurance status or the ability to pay.