From August 11-17, health centers across the U.S. are celebrating National Health Center Week (NHCW) 2013, a campaign to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s health centers as local solutions for affordable and accessible health care. More than 1,000 events are scheduled.
President Barack Obama issued a proclamation officially designating this week as NHCW. “Community Health Centers play a critical role in providing affordable, high-quality preventive and primary health care to millions of Americans,” he said. “From urban centers to rural towns, they offer vital services regardless of ability to pay—services that help patients stay healthy and avoid emergency room visits. During National Health Center Week, we recognize health centers' significant contributions to keeping America healthy, and we offer our continuing support to the dedicated providers who operate them.”