August 7-13 marks 2016 National Community Health Center Week across the United States. The annual celebration of CHCs and their impact across the U.S. was kicked off via a national proclamation by U.S. President, Barack Obama, officially declaring August 7-13, 2016 National Health Center Week across the country.
The International Federation of Community Health Centres joins in recognizing the past, current and future contributions of CHCs in urban, rural and remote communities throughout the United States in improving the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities.
CHCs provide care and support to over 25 million Americans through over 9000 sites located in all U.S. states and territories. Due to their impact in preventing illness and improving health outcomes, U.S. CHCs save the country’s health system over $24 billion each year in avoidable costs. CHCs continue to act as a key pillar of the U.S. government’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act and achieving its goal of ensuring access to appropriate healthcare for all.