Peekskill, NY – Between August 13th and 19th, HRHCare Community Health hosted several events across its Hudson Valley and Long Island network of health centers for National Health Center Week. To officially kick-off the start of the week, Congressman Peter King and Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre joined HRHCare executives and CHCANYS CEO Rose Duhan for a tour of the HRHCare Amityville Health Center.
The official HRHCare “National Health Center Week Van” then hit the road across the ten-county HRHCare service area for staff appreciation and outreach events for the remainder of the week. Special open houses were held at HRHCare health centers in Poughkeepsie, Goshen, and Southampton, attended by patients, community partners, and representatives of elected officials. There was also a visit from the All of Us Research Program van, more here, to the HRHCare Peekskill Health Center on Thursday the 17th, attended by Senator Kristen Gillibrand’s Regional Director Susan Spear.
National Health Center Week is designated by the National Association of Community Health Centers every August as a time to celebrate America’s community health centers (CHCs) for their incredible work. This year’s National Health Center Week theme was “Celebrating America’s Health Centers: The Key to Healthier Communities.” CHCs are the primary medical home for over 25 million people of all ages in nearly 10,000 rural and urban communities across the country.
The CHC model combines the resources of local communities with federal funds to establish neighborhood health centers. They are consumer-driven (over half of the board is required to be made up of patients), and empower communities to establish direct health services at the local level. CHCs enjoy bipartisan support from administrations and elected officials at all levels, but they also need the support of their communities to thrive and bring health care access to even more individuals.
HRHCare Community Health is a nonprofit, New York State licensed, Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). Founded more than 40 years ago to provide care to the medically underserved population of Peekskill, NY, HRHCare is now one of the nation’s largest community health providers. From the Capitol Region to the east end of Long Island, the HRHCare network of 28 health centers provides affordable, accessible care to more than 175,000 patients through 500,000 visits annually. The more than 350 primary care practitioners and 700 specialists and support staff have made HRHCare a destination for high-quality and compassionate care for all.
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