This week, FQHCs across New York State and the rest of the country are celebrating National Health Center Week by hosting a variety of events designed to showcase the innovative model of primary and preventive care that they have been providing for more than 50 years. Members of Congress, state legislators, and local elected officials have been participating in these activities to show their ongoing support for the important work that FQHCs do, not only to ensure access to affordable, high-quality primary care for all who need it, but also to address the factors that cause illness in at-risk communities and empower patients to take charge of their health and stay out of the emergency room. On Monday, longtime FQHC champion Senator Bernie Sanders and HRSA Administrator Jim Macrae joined NACHC’s National Health Center Week “Kick-Off” TeleForum to congratulate FQHCs on their long and successful track record of providing better care at a lower cost. President Obama, NYS Governor Andrew Cuomoand NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio have each made their support for FQHCs known by issuing special proclamations. It has been an incredible week so far, and it’s not over yet. Please post your event news and pictures celebrations on Facebook and Twitter, and remember to use the hashtags #NHCW16 and #CHCsInnovate in your posts.
Congressman Paul Tonko and a number of NYS and local legislators helping to celebrate the opening of Whitney M. Young, Jr. Health Services' newest site in Watervliet.