NATIONAL HEALTH CENTER WEEK 2020
National Health Center Week 2020 will be celebrated both in person and virtually this year from August 9 – August 15. Elected officials will join communities across the country in elevating the work Community Health Centers have done while fighting on the front lines of COVID-19 to keep our communities healthy and safe. Their visits and messages will demonstrate that not only is it possible to move beyond the partisan divide over health care, but to support and agree on a program vital to our communities.
In order to show that we are #inthistogether we are asking that your family participate in our coloring contest to show your support. Please have your children to color our fun coloring page and say why Adams Physical Therapy and our therapist are special to them.
WHAT HEALTH CENTERS DO
Health centers provide preventive and primary care services to almost 30 million people and have continued to do so while facing a global pandemic. Community Health Centers provide care to people who disproportionately suffer from chronic disease and lack access to affordable, quality care. Community Health Centers lower health care costs to the tune of 24 billion dollars a year, reduce rates of chronic diseases, and stimulate local economies.
At Adams Physical Therapy, Fyzical Therapy & Balance Centers we specialize in vestibular and provide physical therapy care. Community Health Centers are not just healers, we are innovators who look beyond medical charts to address the factors that may cause poor health, such as poverty, homelessness, substance use, mental illness, lack of nutrition, and unemployment. We are a critical piece of the health care systems and collaborate with hospitals, local and state governments, social, health and business organizations to improve health outcomes for people who are medically vulnerable. Our health community has pivoted to serving our communities through telehealth, drive-through COVID-19 testing, and still ensuring our patients can access basic necessities like food and housing resources.
While COVID-19 continues to exacerbate social and medical inequities across the country, Community Health Centers have stretched themselves to reconfigure services for those in need. As unemployment rates rise and more people lose their employee-sponsored health insurance, Community Health Centers strive to remain open to provide care for all, regardless of insurance status.
The mission of Community Health Centers remains crucial today because access to basic care remains a challenge in parts of the United States. Many people live in remote and underserved communities where there is a shortage of providers and, in many cases, the nearest doctor or hospital can be as far as a 50-mile drive in another county. Gaging our own communities of jay county and randolph county we see just how much we’ve been impacted.
THANK YOU FOR SEEING US
Congress must act immediately for CHCs to continue to serve as health care homes. Emergency and long-term, stable funding for Community Health Centers will ensure we can keep our doors open and close the growing access gap for medically vulnerable communities. Without the action of Congress, Community Health Center funding will expire on November 30, 2020. I am grateful that Representatives like Indiana Congressman André D. Carson, Senator Messmer, Senator Aaron Freeman, Senator Ed Charbonneau, Senator Vaneta Becker; and on the house side, Representative Dave Frizzel, Representative Dennis Zent, Representative Edward Clere, and Representative Robin Shackleford have shown leadership in supporting/sponsoring legislation that will protect health centers in physical therapy from losing a major part of our funding.
Show your support during National Health Center Week by supporting a health center in your community. Reach out to your congress member to continue this good fight with us. We will be there when you need us, schedule your appointment at AdamsPT Services.