National Health Center Week and HCH Day

National Health Center Week is an opportunity to highlight the important work done by HCH projects and other health centers. Events allow HCH projects to build relationships with community partners, engage elected officials, and show appreciation for the consumers, staff, and communities that support the vital work of HCH.

This year National Health Center Week is August 11-17, 2013. HCH Day is Wednesday, August 14. Please visit the National Health Center Week website maintained by our partners at the National Association of Community Health Centers and view the National HCH Council Mobilizer for ideas and resources to plan an event this August!

A small selection of some of last years’ events are listed below:

Duffy Health Center, Hyannis, Mass.: Congressman Bill Keating and State Senator Dan Wolf were among the community leaders to attend a legislative breakfast sponsored by The Cape and Vineyard Community Health Center Network. Additionally, Duffy Health Center and other community providers organized a ‘Stand Down’ event to link returning veterans with community services. These two events highlighted just a few of the ways Duffy Health Center contributes to its community.

Detroit Health Care for the Homeless/Advantage Health Centers, Detroit, Mich.: A panel discussion between area health centers, the Michigan Primary Care Association, and several elected officials was held at the Wayne County Community College District Campus in downtown Detroit. Common issues facing health center grantees, consumers, and potential solutions were discussed as well as a question and answer session with community members. 

Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless, Albuquerque, N.Mex.: AHCH held a staff appreciation lunch followed by an Open House at their 1st Street Campus. The Open House included a Value Stations, which described the values that AHCH adheres to, tables with information regarding the ACA, an ArtStreet art selling table, and mini-tours happening throughout campus. Later that afternoon an ice-cream social was held for everyone. The event was an exciting way to get local politicians, community partners, neighbors, and funders involved.

Heartland Health Outreach, Chicago, Ill: Members of HHO’s consumer advisory board and clinical team offered health education about the importance of colonoscopy screening in the early detection of cancer at HHO’s community health center in the Uptown neighborhood. Brochures, posters and consultation was offered to morethan 15 interested participants. Ernest Cole, HHO CAB member, said that he wanted to dispel the fear that people have about receiving a colonoscopy by sharing his experience with others. HHO celebrates the services and dedication of community health center programs’ teams and participants all over the country.