The Friday Five – National Health Center Week
National Health Center Week is an annual celebration with the goal of raising awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s health centers over the past five decades. According to the National Association of Community Health Centers (@NACHC), health centers serve 28 million patients, a number that continues to grow along with the demand for affordable primary care. In support of National Health Centers Week, August 4th – 10th, our Friday Five takes a look at what health centers have to offer, how you can help support them and how you can participate in this week’s events.
Conversations on Healthcare
Weekdays at 1:00 am, 9:00 am and 5:00 pm ET
One of the shows in our station’s line up is Conversations on Health Care, focused on reform and innovation in the health care system. Each week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter interview a thought leader from the realm of health policy, health innovation, health technology and global health. Conversations is recorded at WESU at Wesleyan University, and is underwritten by Community Health Center, Inc., a leading independent, non-profit healthcare provider in the state of Connecticut, begun in 1972 and co-founded by Mark Masselli.
On one of the first episodes we aired, Masselli and Flinter spoke with Dan Hawkins, Sr. VP for Public Policy and Research at the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), which supports the thousands of CHCs providing care for 27 million underserved Americans. They discuss the care model that embeds behavioral and dental care within primary care, the growing reliance on Nurse Practitioners as front line clinicians, and the training, innovation and quality care the nation’s health centers provide.
2019 Picture & Video Contests
Each year, hundreds of Health Center Advocates submit their pictures and videos celebrating the amazing work their Health Center does! The NHCW Picture & Video Contest is an opportunity to use your creativity to garner some national attention for your Health Center. Submit a picture and/or video to the NHCW Picture & Video Contest throughout August for a chance to win a NHCW 2020 sponsorship, a chance to be featured in the 2020 Health Centers Calendar, and other awesome prizes.
#FQHCs, CHCs, PCAs, HCCNs, & Advocates don’t forget to tag your Members of Congress when you share your wonderful op-eds, letters to the editor, videos, & photos about the vital role of your health centers in the community! Share those great, important stories! #NHCW19 #ValueCHCs https://t.co/lYWxjEjaog
— NACHC (@NACHC) July 31, 2019
A Flurry of Activity in Washington Before the August Recess
Learn about the latest happenings on Capital Hill regarding health center funding and how to show your support. In the coming weeks, NACHC needs every advocate to stand up and speak out in support of long-term, robust funding for health centers. Now is the time for every Member of Congress to show their support for extending health center funding before the September deadline. Your advocacy and engagement has brought health centers this far and has galvanized recent activity in Congress. Keep up the great work and look out for more ways that you can encourage Congress to pass long-term health center funding before September 30.
— HCAdvocacy Network (@HCAdvocacy) August 1, 2019
A Health Center Looks Beneath the Surface… And Dives Right In
According to Direct Relief, whether they’re arranging secure housing or preventing childhood traumas, the Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics are removing the barriers that keep their patients from experiencing good health. SBNC is supported by local philanthropy efforts – including Direct Relief, which provides medicines and supplies that help defray the health center’s costs. The organization contributed more than $1.2 million worth of medical goods in 2018.