National Health Center Week Declared & Press Conference

National Health Center Week Declared & Press Conference

July 31, 2012 – Oklahoma Primary Care Association is marking National Health Center Week (NHCW) 2012 with a Kick-Off Celebration on Wednesday, August 1 in the Blue Room of the Oklahoma State Capitol building. The theme of this year’s NHCW is “Celebrating America’s Health Centers: Powering Healthier Communities,” to underscore how Community Health Centers provide access to affordable, high quality, cost effective health care for everyone. The event will focus on health centers’ ongoing commitment to improving health care of Oklahomans.  Governor Mary Fallin has declared August 5-11 Health Center Week in Oklahoma.  

“Health centers are the ideal choice for healthcare in their communities and for the more than 600,000 uninsured Oklahomans,” said Greta Stewart, Executive Director of OKPCA. “This event will showcase health centers’ benefits, from both a patient and state perspective.”

Health center support is ongoing. Just last month, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced awards of new grants to expand community health centers (CHCs), awarding six Oklahoma applicants more than $3.6 million combined for establishing new health center delivery sites. Patients at health centers get primary care needs under one roof, including dental and behavioral health services.

“Our sites are continually growing, in communities across the state,” said Judy Grant, Director of Community Development for OKPCA. “Health centers are run by a patient-majority governing board who guides how limited resources are directed to meet the health care needs of the community, which makes this model so unique and favorable.”

Health centers provide a home to more than 130,000 Oklahomans at more than forty-two delivery sites statewide. Health centers see everyone – insured and uninsured - 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.

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ALISON WILLIAMS
Workforce & Communications Manager
Oklahoma Primary Care Association
4300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Ste. 203, Oklahoma City, OK 73105
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