Fort Bend Family Health Center (FBFHC) is marking National Health Center Week 2011 (NHCW) with a back-to-school health fair as part of a weeklong campaign (August 7-13) to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s Health Centers as local solutions. The theme of this year’s NHCW is “Celebrating America’s Health Centers: Serving Locally, Leading Nationally,” to underscore how health centers deliver a unique approach that targets health needs and saves taxpayer dollars.
Fort Bend Family Health Center’s health fair will be held on Saturday, August 13, at the Missouri City Annex on 307 Texas Parkway in Missouri City. The health fair, co-sponsored by State Representative Ron Reynolds, Congressman Al Green and Fort Bend County Precinct 2 Commissioner Grady Prestage, will offer free immunizations, dental and vision screenings, and scoliosis checks for community members. Children will also receive backpacks and starter school supply kits.
One of the bright spots in America’s health care system, health centers provide a health care home to over 23 million people at 8,000 sites nationwide. Health centers are on track to expand their care to 40 million people over the next five years. With more health care homes in communities, we can reduce health care costs and unnecessary hospitalizations and visits to the hospital emergency rooms. According to the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), there are 60 million people in the country with limited or no access to primary care providers – a trend that shows no sign of improving with the economic recession.
“Every day in our waiting rooms I witness the value of having a health care home,” said Carol Edwards, FBFHC chief executive officer. “When people have a place to go for regular care, they use it and stay healthier. We provide a range of services onsite – primary care services, pediatrics, pharmacy, dentistry, even mental health services. Our patients not only get the care they need under one roof, but they are treated as individuals, with dignity and respect. This is what health care should be, and what we celebrate during National Health Center Week.”
To find out more about National Health Center Week, visit www.healthcenterweek.org.