- They provide crucial services to people who face obstacles in accessing health care.
- They provide whole-person care, including primary care, health screenings to prevent serious illness, sexual health services, and more.
- They do not turn anyone away, accepting all patients regardless of insurance or ability to pay.
National Health Center Week (NHCW), which runs from Sunday, August 7 through Saturday, August 13, is an annual celebration to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s community health centers (CHCs). It’s a great time to express our appreciation for the work of New York’s CHCs and their ongoing efforts to ensure access to care for underserved communities and in addressing health care disparities.
Community health centers are often the entry point for health care, subsequently serving as one-stop shops for primary care, health screenings, sexual health services, and more. Their ongoing efforts during the COVID pandemic have been especially important.
This year, each day of NHCW is dedicated to a specific focus area:
- Sunday, 8/7: Public Health in Housing Day
- Monday, 8/8: Healthcare for the Homeless Day
- Tuesday, 8/9: Agricultural Worker Health Day
- Wednesday, 8/10: Patient Appreciation Day
- Thursday, 8/11: Stakeholder Appreciation Day
- Friday, 8/12: Health Center Staff Appreciation Day
- Saturday, 8/13: Children’s Health Day
As always, Amida Care is grateful to our partner providers, who provide invaluable health care to the communities we serve, including LGBTQ-focused services, HIV testing and treatment, PrEP and PEP to prevent HIV, and gender-affirming care: (including Acacia Network, Apicha Community Health Center, Betances, Callen-Lorde, Community Healthcare Network, Damian Family Care Centers, Harlem United, Housing Works, Sun River Health, and St. Mary’s Center). They have also been on the front lines of emergency response work, providing information, treatment and support around both Covid and monkeypox.
We also salute the 1,400 CHCs across the nation that serve as the primary destination for medical services for nearly 30 million people (according to the National Association of Community Health Centers).