National Health Center Week
National Health Center Week — August 4 to August 10 — celebrates the contributions that Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and nonprofit community clinics make toward improving the health of individuals and communities.
FQHCs and nonprofit community clinics address the most pressing concerns through their quality and innovative care. They are locally-run, yet part of a national network that serves 1 in 12 Americans, or 28 million people.
America’s Health Centers: Rooted in Communities
This year, NHCW celebrates America’s Health Centers: Rooted in Communities — recognizing the integral part that health centers play in strengthening the fabric of communities across the country by connecting community members to local health resources and to each other, and going beyond conventional medicine to address social factors that influence health, such as access to housing security, income security, food security, education, and transportation.
As part of National Health Center Week 2019, we invite you to join in celebrating America’s Health Centers: Rooted in Communities at L.A. Care-sponsored events happening here in Los Angeles County.
FQHCs: A Safety Net for Angelenos
Nonprofit community health centers have been around for more than 50 years, providing access to affordable, high quality health care to our county’s most vulnerable populations.
These health centers 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 2001, L.A. Care’s Community Health Investment Fund (CHIF) has awarded FQHCs and nonprofit community clinics more than $56 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