August 10 - 15th
Aug. 11, 2015
National Health Center Week is August 9th - 15th. 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.
The official establishment of community health centers was caused by the civil rights movement of the 1960s. The Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) established what was initially called “neighborhood health centers” as a War on Poverty Demonstration Program. The aim of these clinics was to provide access points to health and social services to medically under-served and disenfranchised populations. The health centers were intended to serve as a mechanism for community empowerment. In addition to their long history as health care homes to millions, health centers are also proud to celebrate 50 years of service and continue to be ranked among the highest quality and cost effective care providers in the nation. Health centers provide their services to all people, regardless of their ability to pay or insurance status. Accordingly, federal funds for the clinics went directly to nonprofit, community-level organizations. The health centers were designed and run with extensive community involvement to ensure that they remained responsive to community needs.
The 2015 theme for National Health Center Week (NHCW) is "America's Health Centers - Celebrating Our Legacy, Shaping Our Future." Seattle Indian Health Board has provided community health care and services targeting the urban American Indian and Alaska Native population for over 45 years! We proudly celebrate NHCW and honor our commitment to continue to provide quality care and service….for the Love of Native People!