Clinch River Health Services Celebrates National Health Center Week 2019
National Campaign Celebrates Health Centers Rooted in Communities
Clinch River Health Services will host several events to mark National Health Center Week 2019 from August 4th-10th. The events are part of a national campaign to increase awareness of the ways health centers are providing affordable health care in communities. A host of NHCW events that celebrate the ways that health centers are “Rooted in Communities” are scheduled across the country, including health fairs, visits by Members of Congress and state officials to local health centers, press conferences, back-to-school drives, community breakfasts, patient appreciation events, free health screenings and much more.Clinch River Health Services is part of a nationwide network of health centers that serve more than 28 million people nationwide. They are on the front lines of national public health challenges – whether caring for veterans, providing opioid treatment, or responding to natural disasters. They are also a lifeline in remote and underserved communities where the nearest doctor or hospital can be as far as 50 miles or more away. Nearly half of health centers (44 percent) are located in rural communities.
Highlights of health center accomplishments include:
• Reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and unnecessary visits to the emergency room;
• Treating patients for a fraction of the average cost of one emergency room visit;
• Serving more than one in six Medicaid beneficiaries for less than two percent of the national Medicaid budget;
• Lowering the cost of children’s primary care by approximately 35 percent;
• Treating 65,000 patients with Medication Assisted Therapy for opioid use disorder in 2017; and,
• Serving over 355,000 veterans throughout the country.
This year’s NHCW 2019 will highlight how health centers are at the forefront of a nationwide shift in addressing environmental and social factors as an integral part of primary care, reaching beyond the walls of conventional medicine to address the factors that may cause sickness, such as lack of nutrition, mental illness, homelessness and substance use disorders. Community Health Centers’ success in managing chronic disease in medically vulnerable communities has helped reduce health care costs for American taxpayers.
Clinch River Health Services National Health Center Week Events include:
8/5: Social Determinants Day
Free Social Determinants Screening
Free Diabetes Education Workshop at 11 a.m. (FREE DOOR PRIZE)
Free Pre-Diabetes Screening
Free Workshop on Substance Abuse Awareness at 1 p.m.
8/7: Patient Appreciation Day
Free Hypertension/Blood Pressure Education Class at 11: a.m. (FREE DOOR PRIZE)
Free Blood Pressure Testing
Free Oral Health Screening
Free Hearing Test
Resources Vendors Set Up
Free Ice Cream to the first 300 guests.
8/8: Stakeholder Appreciation Day
Free Workshop on Depression: What You Need To Know Class at 11 a.m.
Free Depression Screening
8/9: Health Center Staff Appreciation Day
Free Workshop for Assistance with becoming smoke-free Class at 10 a.m.Clinch River Health Service will be collecting non-perishable food items throughout the week to assemble food baskets for underserved patients. If you wish to donate, please stop by the lobby to drop off your donation.
All events are free and open to the public. All FREE Screenings and Testing will be available from August 5 to August 9th during operating hours.To learn more about Clinch River Health Services visit the Health Center’s website at www.crhealth.org or contact the staff at (276) 467-2201. Each day of NHCW 2019 is dedicated to a particular focus area. To learn more and view a listing of events please visit: www.healthcenterweek.org