Oklahoma Health Center Week
August 5, 2016 – The Oklahoma Primary Care Association (OKPCA) joins the state’s twenty Oklahoma community health centers in celebrating National Health Center Week (NHCW), which kicks off on August 7 and runs through August 13. Governor Fallin issued a proclamation declaring “Health Center Week” to acknowledge the state’s community health center program provided affordable, high quality primary, oral and behavioral health to almost 185,000 Oklahomans in 2015.
One of the bright spots in America’s healthcare system, our nation’s community health centers began over 50 years ago as a pilot project and today have compiled a significant record of success that includes:
- Producing $24 billion in annual health system savings
- Reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and unnecessary visits to the emergency room
- Treating patients for a fraction of the average cost of one emergency room visit
- Maintaining patient satisfaction levels of nearly 100 percent
Generating $26.5 billion in economic activity and over 230,000 jobs They reach beyond the walls of conventional medicine to address the factors that may cause sickness, such as lack of nutrition, mental illness, homelessness and addiction. Because of their long record of success in innovation, managing healthcare costs, and reducing chronic disease, leaders in Congress have declared health centers a model of care that offers a “bipartisan solution to the primary care access problems: facing our nation”. There are now 20 CHC organizations with over 80 sites located in 43 counties across the state - promoting better health for more people at the lowest cost.
“Health centers are community-based and locally governed, their services are designed to meet health needs that are most critical to the population served,” said OKPCA CEO, Dee Porter. “Oklahoma community health centers are continually growing, continually expanding to provide not only medical care, but dental, behavioral health and other services, like enrollment in affordable coverage – true medical homes.”
Health centers see everyone – and offer a sliding fee scale to patients at or below 200% federal poverty level. For more information on community health centers in Oklahoma, visit www.okpca.org.
Posted on Mon, August 8, 2016
by Fawn Meeks