Duffy Health Center Celebrates National Health Center Week

National campaign celebrates health care heroes...

Duffy Health Center will hold a Client Appreciation Cookout to mark National Health Center Week 2018. The event is part of a national campaign during the week of August 12th-18h to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s Community Health Centers and the dedicated staff who bring health care to the medically underserved.

Each year, as a part of National Health Care for the Homeless Day on Tuesday August 14, Duffy Board members, staff, and volunteers will create a vibrant, fun summer atmosphere in the parking lot of Duffy Health Center and welcome patients and clients for a cookout. Hall Oil’s Breakaway Grill and their staff serve up delicious burgers, veggie burgers and hot dogs, accompanied by wonderful sides from Peterson’s Market. The event serves as an opportunity for Board and volunteers to connect with Duffy clients and show them that they are appreciated.

Duffy Health Center is part of a nationwide network of health centers that serve more than 27 million Americans. Health centers have compiled a significant record of success that includes:

• Producing $24 billion in annual health system savings;
• Reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and unnecessary visits to the emergency room;
• Treating patients for a fraction of the average cost of one emergency room visit; • Maintaining patient satisfaction levels of nearly 100 percent; • 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

The heroes who work at health centers and help make affordable health care possible for people in need are at the center of this year’s NHCW. More than 205,000 people work at health centers in positions that include clinicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, dentists and dental hygienists, behavioral health specialists, and much more. Working together, these health care heroes produce innovative solutions to the most pressing health care issues in their communities. They reach beyond the walls of conventional medicine to address the factors that may cause illnesses, such as lack of nutrition, mental illness, homelessness, and substance use disorders. It is their work that has helped reduce health care costs and reduce chronic disease, generating a record of success, and along with it a long tradition of bipartisan support in Congress.

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

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