July 24, 2012
-- Tri-City Health Center (TCHC) will be hosting a Community Awards and Open House event on August 9, 2012 in honor of National Health Center Week (NHCW). The theme for this year's NHCW is "Celebrating America's Health Centers: Powering Healthier Communities"
and will showcase how Community Health Centers provide access to affordable, high quality, cost effective health care to medically vulnerable and underserved people throughout the United States. The TCHC event is a celebration of strong partnerships of people, governments, and communities, who work together to meet the unique and diverse health conditions of the community. Health centers are run from the bottom up, by a patient-majority governing board providing guidance on how limited resources can be effectively directed to meet the health care needs of the community.
Since 1970, TCHC services have expanded to include medical, dental, and behavioral services that meet the needs of individuals and the entire family. In 2011 alone, TCHC grew to serve 23,860 patients, offering comprehensive services and specialty care programs, delivered by capable and caring staff that speaks 19 different languages. Over the years, TCHC has stayed true to the mission of providing quality health care services to the underserved and uninsured families in communities of Fremont, Newark and Union City, without regard to financial position, ethnicity, language, culture, sexual orientation, or the ability to pay.
As part of the NHCW celebrations, TCHC will hold an awards ceremony to honor five outstanding patients who have been positive community examples by following their healthcare plan to improve their overall health. Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett will be honored with an award for her outstanding and continuous commitment to public health care.
The Community Awards and Open House event will be held at the TCHC Liberty Clinic located at 39500 Liberty Street in Fremont, California 94538.Food and festivities will start at 6:00 p.m. The awards ceremony will begin at 6:30 pm followed by a reception and guided tours of the TCHC facilities.
"It is critical to showcase and celebrate the impact of community health centers in fueling healthier communities, especially in the face of the budget and health care challenges resulting from the current economic and political climate. At Tri-City, we focus on providing high quality and comprehensive services while treating our patients as individuals, with dignity and respect. Our NHCW open house event will demonstrate the importance of community services in the public health sector, and celebrate our success with our patients and our community" said Kathleen A. Lievre, Chief Executive Officer.
Now more than ever public support is needed for health centers as Congress attempts to reduce the budget deficit with spending cuts to the program and changes to Medicaid that could further reduce access to preventive care for millions of people. To find out more, please visit www.nachc.org.
To find out more about National Health Center Week, visit www.healthcenterweek.org