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