Women's Community Clinic Celebrates National Health Center Week

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Since opening its doors in 1999, the Clinic has leveraged over 500 volunteers to provide health care services to more than 20,000 clients.

National Health Center Week is a tremendous opportunity to highlight the vital role health centers play in their community.

The Women's Community Clinic today announced that it is celebrating National Health Center Week (August 8 - 14, 2010) along with thousands of other community based health centers.

National Health Center Week is an annual celebration designed to raise awareness about the valuable work that community health centers do. During this week, health centers across the country host events to educate people on healthcare and the types of services provided by the centers. Many events feature free health screenings, food and refreshments, prominent speakers, and more.

"National Health Center Week is a tremendous opportunity to highlight the vital role health centers play in their community." said Carlina Hansen, the Clinic's Executive Director. "There has been a surge in newly
uninsured clients seeking help at the Women's Community Clinic which serves as a daily reminder of the increasing need for free, accessible health care."

One of the bright spots in America’s health care system, Community Health Centers are the family doctor to over 20 million people at 8000 sites nationwide. Their critical role in providing quality primary care has been widely praised by bipartisan Congressional leaders and the last two White House Administrations. Health centers have also been in the public spotlight because now more than ever the uninsured and casualties of the economic recession are seeking their services. Thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 2009, health centers were able to demonstrate their ability to quickly, efficiently, and successfully direct care to areas of need. After the first year, health centers reached 2.1 million new patients and surpassed their two-year target goal of new uninsured patients (one million). Under the new health reform law, health centers stand ready to double the number of patients to 40 million - the largest expansion in health center history. The law will also support the hiring of more primary care providers and the expansion of facilities and services to typically underserved communities.

About the Women’s Community Clinic
Since 1999, the Women’s Community Clinic has honored its mission to improve the health and well-being of women and girls by providing free women’s health services, outreach services and health career training programs for women, by women.

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