Celebrating 50 Years of Success in Healthcare Delivery through America’s Health Centers
Hancock, MI – Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center (UGL) is inviting the community to help them celebrate National Health Center Week 2015 (NHCW). Several events and activities have been planned for the weeklong celebration (August 9-15) at UGL’s 11 clinics located in 5 counties throughout Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
“Our goal is to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s Health Centers,” said Iola Brubaker, Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center’s Outreach Coordinator. “Health Centers are the largest and most successful system of primary healthcare in the United States.”
UGL will kick-off National Health Center Week with a cookout at their Calumet Family Health Center on Monday, August 10 from 11am to 1pm. State Representative Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) will be the special guest for the event. UGL and Representative Dianda will be making a public presentation to officially start the celebration at 11:30am during the cookout.
Health centers started 50 years ago as a pilot project during President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. Today, they have compiled a significant record of success that includes:
- Reducing income and ethnic health disparities nationwide, even in the poorest and most challenged communities
- Reducing infant mortality rates
- Producing $24 billion in annual health system savings
- Reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and unnecessary visits to the ER
- Maintaining patient satisfaction levels of nearly 100 percent
Health centers serve more than 23 million people nationwide – that’s one in 15 Americans, including 7 million children and 260,000 veterans. Health centers are also increasingly becoming the trusted provider of choice for many families, whether they are insured or not. Evidence shows patients choose health centers because they are convenient, affordable, and offer a range of services from a team of caring professionals. Studies also show the quality of care at a health center is as good or better than private practices.
Other activities scheduled for National Health Center Week include blood drives, patient appreciation, a pediatric coloring contest and a community health fair. These activities are made possible by UGL’s NHCW sponsors, Upper Peninsula Health Plan, UP Health System. WJMN Local 3, Snyders Drug Stores, Great Lakes Recovery Centers, Inc. and Larry’s Family Foods. For more information about these events or National Health Center Week visit our website at www.uglhealth.org.
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