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National Health Center Week—Celebrating America’s Health Centers

Aug 11, 2017

National Health Center Week has been celebrated for more than 30 years to recognize the services and contributions of Community, Migrant, Homeless and Public Housing Health Centers. While there are countless reasons to celebrate America’s Health Centers, among the most important and unique is their long success in providing access to affordable, high quality, cost effective health care to medically vulnerable and underserved people throughout the United States.

From August 13-19th, hundreds of community events are being planned by over 1,200 health centers around the country with the goal of raising awareness of the critical role community health centers play in assuring access to health care.

Locally, Cornerstone Family Healthcare will participate in the week-long national campaign by hosting multiple events to promote the health center’s fifty-year mission of providing access to comprehensive primary and preventative health care services to thousands of people in the mid-Hudson Valley, especially those who are uninsured or experience other barriers to care.

Health centers not only prevent illness and foster wellness in the most challenging populations, they produce innovative solutions to the most pressing healthcare issues in their communities. They reach beyond the walls of conventional medicine to address the factors that may cause sickness, such as lack of nutrition, mental illness, homelessness and addiction. Because of their long record of success in innovation, managing healthcare costs, and reducing chronic disease, leaders in Congress have declared health centers a model of care that offers a “bipartisan solution to the primary care access problems” facing our nation.

Cornerstone community events in celebration of National Health Center Week:

Saturday, August 12
8 a.m.—10 a.m. Family Walk for Health at 147 Lake Street in Newburgh.
There will be blood pressure and dental screenings, activities for children, car seat exchange/fitting, blood drive, and raffles and prizes.

10 a.m.—1 p.m. Community Health Fair from also at 147 Lake Street in Newburgh.
Free consultations and activities including blood pressure and dental screenings, activities for children, car seat exchange/fitting, blood drive, and raffles and prizes.

Wednesday, August 16
10 a.m.—1 p.m. Back to School Health Fest in honor of National Healthcare for the Homeless Day at 30 Seward Ave., Middletown.
Free dental and health screenings for children and adults at the shelter, eye exams and distribution of free back to school supplies.

For more information about Cornerstone Family Healthcare and National Health Center Week events, please visit: www.cornerstonefamilyhealthcare.org.

To learn more about National Health Center Week and the listing of national, state and local events, please visit: www.healthcenterweek.org.

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