CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - August 9th, 2010 marks the start of National Health Center Week when communities across the country celebrate the importance of America's Community Health Centers and their role in providing affordable and accessible high quality health care to low income and uninsured Americans.
Cleveland's celebration of National Health Center Week will include opening remarks from Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, an expert led panel discussion, remarks by Congressman Dennis Kucinich, remarks by Mayor Frank Jackson and Keynote Address from Dr. Alvin Jackson, Director of the Ohio Department of Health.
The event will take place on Monday, August 9, 2010 from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM at the Visiting Nurses Association located at 2500 East 22nd Street. Please see the attached schedule for more detailed information.
Cleveland is home to three Federally Qualified Health Centers; Care Alliance Health Center, Neighborhood Family Practice and North East Ohio Neighborhood Health Services, Inc.
Once a year, these organizations join together to celebrate National Health Center Week as the Cleveland Community Health Center Network, celebrating our accomplishments over the past year and reflecting on appropriate responses to the current challenges we face.
The theme for this year's event is "Turning the Vision into Reality", referencing the passage of Health Care Reform. Panelists and speakers will discuss issues related to health care reform and what Community Health Center supporters and patients need to know moving forward.
In addition to the distinguished guest speakers who will be in attendance, several notable community and political leaders have confirmed their attendance or will be represented at this event.
In 2009, collectively, the Cleveland Community Health Center Network provided care to more than 62,400 patients, nearly 26,000 of who were uninsured. As more and more people continue to become unemployed and simultaneously uninsured, the affordable health care that we provide is in high demand, saving the local health care delivery system countless dollars in unnecessary emergency room visits. Financial support from the Federal government and local foundations enables Community Health Centers to continue to serve uninsured and underinsured individuals in Cleveland. However, as more and more people are in need of quality and affordable health care, we continue to stretch our already limited resources.