Clinic celebrates National Health Center Week with Children’s Health Day

By Catherine Rice, Vice President of Marketing/Outreach

Community Health Centers, like Health Partnership Clinic (HPC), provide innovative health service delivery to more than 29 million patients! Each year, we celebrate National Health Center Week, Aug. 9-15, which is a great time to spread the word about our health center and the good work we are doing for the communities we serve.

Health Partnership Clinic: 2020 National Health Center WeekThis year’s theme is Lighting the Way for Healthier Communities Today and in the Future.

Download the Children’s Health Day Flyer PDF – English | Spanish

Providing accessible, affordable, high-quality medical, dental and behavioral health care to our communities is our mission. We’ve served as a beacon of hope and health for nearly 30 years. During National Health Center Week, it’s our opportunity to also salute our public servants, patients, employees, volunteers, consumer board members and others.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, many parents have been hesitant to bring their children in for their annual physicals and immunizations. However, The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly supports the continued care for children during the pandemic. That is one of the reasons we decided to host a Children’s Health Day on Saturday, Aug. 15. We’re providing a safer way for area parents to access care since only well patients will be onsite that day. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Olathe location, 407 S. Clairborne Rd. Parents must schedule an appointment by calling 913-648-2266.

The following services will be provided:

  • Well Child Checkups
  • School/Sports Physicals
  • Immunizations
  • Dental Screening
  • Fluoride
  • Integrated Behavioral Health visit, if needed

The clinic accepts insurance, including KanCare and Medicaid. Financial assistance is available to uninsured children who qualify.

For the safety of our patients and staff, we request one parent – one child attend, unless other siblings are scheduled, wear a mask, including children two and older, and if children and/or parents are exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms, stay at home.

The event is co-sponsored by Aetna Better Health of Kansas, Sunflower Health Plan and UnitedHealthcare Community Plan.

National Health Center Week Kickoff

The week will be kicked off on Sunday, Aug. 9 with Public Health in Housing Day. HPC is donating 750 pediatric dental kits to Mission Southside. These kits will be given to children living in public housing. On Monday, Aug. 10, complimentary personal care bags will be distributed to SafeHome clients and free water will be distributed by the Mobile Health Clinic, a collaborative partnership between HPC, the Olathe Fire Department and Olathe Health. We will also be recognizing our patients, stakeholders and staff during the week.

National Health Center Week is a wonderful opportunity to bring to light the many exceptional ways we improve health and impact lives. Please join us in our celebration!

Health Partnership Clinic Celebrates National Health Center Week 2019

National Health Center Week 2019Health Partnership Clinic will host a variety of free activities to mark National Health Center Week 2019 from August 4-10 and celebrate the ways we are “Rooted in Communities” we serve. The activities are part of a national campaign to increase awareness of the ways health centers are providing affordable health care in communities.

“We’re excited to share our story as well as salute our public servants, patients, employees, volunteers, consumer board members and others for their role in making our community healthier and safer,” says Catherine Rice, Vice President of Marketing and Outreach. “This year, our events range from a Patient Appreciation Day (Monday, Aug. 5), where refreshments will be distributed and patients can register for a door prize drawing, to a Community Open House (Friday, Aug. 9) honoring Johnson County’s Public Servants, supporters and community leaders. Members of Congress and state officials, Fire/Police, donors and civic leaders are invited. The public is also welcomed to attend.”

Rice notes, “The Open House will wrap up our week of celebration.” The event runs from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Olathe clinic, 407 S. Clairborne Rd., Olathe, Kan. Health Partnership’s new senior leaders and providers will be available to meet and greet. There will also be tours and refreshments, compliments of Aetna.

Each day HPC’s activities will be dedicated to a particular focus area.

Click here to download the schedule of activities (PDF)

Health Partnership is part of a nationwide network of locally-run health centers that serve more than 28 million people nationwide. They are on the front lines of national public health challenges – whether caring for veterans, providing opioid treatment, or responding to natural disasters. They are also a lifeline in remote and under served communities where the nearest doctor or hospital can be as far as 50 miles or more away. Nearly half of health centers (44 percent) are in rural communities.

Highlights of health center accomplishments include:

  • Reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and unnecessary visits to the emergency room;
  • Treating patients for a fraction of the average cost of one emergency room visit;
  • Serving more than one in six Medicaid beneficiaries for less than two percent of the national Medicaid budget;
  • Lowering the cost of children’s primary care by approximately 35 percent;
  • Treating 65,000 patients with Medication Assisted Therapy for opioid use disorder in 2017; and,
  • Serving over 355,000 veterans throughout the country.

“This year’s NHCW 2019 will highlight how health centers are at the forefront of a nationwide shift in addressing environmental and social factors as an integral part of primary care, reaching beyond the walls of conventional medicine to address the factors that may cause sickness, such as lack of nutrition, mental illness, homelessness and substance use disorders,” Rice adds.

Community Health Centers’ success in managing chronic disease in medically vulnerable communities has helped reduce health care costs for American taxpayers.

HPC honors Superheroes and more during National Health Center Week 2018

Post written by Catherine Rice, Vice President of Marketing and Outreach

Health Center Week flyerHealth Partnership Clinic (HPC)) will hold a variety of activities to mark National Health Center Week (NHCW) 2018.

The activities are part of a national campaign during the week of August 12-18 to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s Health Centers and the dedicated staff who bring health care to the medically underserved.

“We aim to bring awareness to the important work of community health centers like Health Partnership in providing access to affordable, high quality, cost-effective medical, dental and behavioral health care to medically vulnerable and underserved children and adults in the communities we serve. We’re honoring our public servants, patients, employees and consumer board members in special ways throughout the week.”

The heroes who work at health centers and help make affordable health care possible for people in need are at the center of this year’s NHCW.

More than 205,000 people work at health centers in positions that include clinicians, nurses, social workers, dentists, dental hygienists, behavioral health specialists and many more.

Working together, these health care heroes produce innovative solutions to the most pressing health care issues in their communities.

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 substance use disorders.

It is their work that has helped reduce health care costs and reduce chronic disease, generating a record of success and along with it a long tradition of bipartisan support in Congress.

HPC’s Celebration Activities:

Monday, Aug. 13

Patient Appreciation Day

1-3 p.m. at Olathe clinic

407 S. Clairborne Rd.

Stop by for a Cooking Demo by Karen Hanson, RD, LD, EP-C, Health Educator, Johnson County Health and Environment.

Free child safety products and a door prize drawing ($25 Walmart gift card) will be offered at the Olathe, Paola, Shawnee Mission and Ottawa clinic locations. One entry per family. Need not be present to win. Winner will be notified Aug. 14.

As part of our mission, we provide onsite medical and dental services to SafeHome’s homeless clients. Women will receive a goodie bag of personal care items! This event is open to SafeHome clients only.

Tuesday, Aug. 14

Community Open House

7:30-9 a.m. at Olathe Clinic

407 S. Clairborne Rd.

Community Open House honoring Johnson County’s Superheroes (aka Public Servants and others). Tours and refreshments. This event is open to community members, including legislators, Police, Fire, EMT, school board/governmental officials, etc.

Wednesday, Aug. 15

Helping the Homeless

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Olathe Public   Library—Downtown

201 E. Park St.

Free lunch and learn. Come hear about Health Partnership’s new Adult Walk-In clinic. Free giveaways.

Thursday, Aug. 16

Agricultural Worker Health Day

Stop by one of our clinics and learn more about Agricultural Worker 2020 Campaign and how you can get involved.

Friday, Aug. 17

Employee & Consumer Board Member Appreciation Day

Noon-1 p.m. at all clinic breakrooms

Wear your favorite superhero outfit and enjoy treats, beverages and more.

»Crossword Puzzle Contest

Complete the Crossword Puzzle in the August Heartbeat by Wednesday, Aug. 29 to be entered to win an Amazon Echo (valued at $100). Winner will be notified Aug. 31. Activities are open to HPC board and staff.

HPC is part of a nationwide network of health centers that serve more than 27 million Americans.  Each year, HPC serves 15,000 people! Health centers 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;
  • Serving more than one in six Medicaid beneficiaries for less than two percent of the national Medicaid budget;
  • Lowering the cost of children’s primary care by approximately 35 percent