National Health Center Week
National Health Center Week — August 12 to August 18 — celebrates the contributions that Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) make toward improving the health of individuals and communities.
National Health Center Week (NHCW) also gives health centers a chance to show WHAT they do and HOW they do it. Through NHCW events that will take place all across the country, health centers will demonstrate how their unique models of care provide solutions to the health care challenges faced by our diverse communities.
Celebrating Health Centers: Home of America’s Health Care Heroes
This year, NHCW will be dedicated to Celebrating Health Centers: Home of America’s Health Care Heroes — individuals whose work and passion to improve health outcomes in communities have made a lasting positive impact in the lives of millions.
We invite you to join in Celebrating Health Centers: Home of America’s Health Care Heroes at L.A. Care-sponsored events happening here in Los Angeles County.
FQHCs: A Safety Net for Angelenos
Non-profit community health centers have been around for more than 50 years, providing access to affordable, high quality health care to vulnerable populations.
Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) serve as the community "safety net", providing primary health care, including medical, dental, and mental health services — regardless of ability to pay — for more than 1.5 million patients in L.A. County each year.
Elevating Healthcare through Partnerships
Since 2010, L.A. Care’s Community Health Investment Fund (CHIF) has awarded FQHCs and non-profit community clinics more than $16.5 million in direct grant funding to support:
- Expansion of clinical spaces
- New and updated electronic health records systems
- Chronic disease management like asthma and diabetes
- Oral health expansion of services
- Adaptive equipment such as exam tables, hearing devices, and wheelchair accessible scale