Thank You for Making #NHCW18 a Heroic Success!
California’s National Health Center Week efforts were once again, a tremendous success!  Over 700 health centers nationwide held more than 1800 events, showcasing the #CHCSuperPower of providers, patients, volunteers, staff and all who make health centers operate to serve 27 million patients across the country! In California, members held over 120 events ranging from pop-up health centers, to employee recognition to voter registration drives and much moreThank you to all the members who contributed to another year of incredible NHCW visibility and success in California!



We encourage Health Center Advocates to keep your National Health Center Week spirit and celebrations going for the remainder of the month and participate in additional NHCW opportunities!  

NHCW 2018 Picture & Video Contest
Don’t forget the submission period for the NHCW 2018 Picture & Video Contest is open until August 31st.  Submit your best images and videos for a chance to win! The contest is a great way to gain national visibility for your health center and showcase the great events and celebrations hosted during NHCW, and win awesome prizes! 

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Promote The Value of Health Centers Campaign 

Thanks to a grant from the California Wellness Foundation, the California Primary Care Association in partnership with the Regional Associations of California launched a public education campaign to enhance the public understanding of the value of health centers. The campaign started running two weeks before National Health Center Week and will run through the end of August. Help continue sharing the value of health centers by encouraging  the public to visit  https://www.californiahealthplus.org/Value to learn more about California’s community health centers. 


Share Your Favorite Snap Shots and Videos With Us!

If you haven’t already, be sure to send us your media clips and event photos from NHCW 2018  to  jana@healthplusadvocates.org . Check out some of the NHCW 2018 highlights from across the state below!  


California NHCW Highlights


  

California NHCW Resolution 2018 
On Monday, August 13th, Senator Anthony Portantino presented Senate Concurrent Resolution 164 on the floor of the Senate commemorating National Health Center Week and spoke about the important role health centers play in the healthcare delivery system of our State and the Nation. From his district, the Senator was joined by ChapCare CEO Margaret Martinez, in addition to CPCA Board Members Britta Guerrero, from Sacramento Native American Health Center and Robin Affrime from CommuniCare Health Centers. We were thrilled that the Senator highlighted the contributions of health centers to the lives of millions of Californians and shed light on all of the quality services they provide to communities across the state.Click here to view SCR No. 164

 

QueensCare Health Centers 
Pediatrician Dr. Ramos-Smulevich uses her #CHCSuperPower to help lots of kids over at #QHC East 3rd. She is usually busy seeing her many patients, but still found time to dress up today and show her health care hero spirit! 
 


Omni Family Health
Omni Healthcare and Radio La Campesina teamed up together to provide lunch for some of Kern County's hardest working men and women. Every week during the growing season, the groups take food, music, gifts, raffle prizes and services to local fields, according to Omni. For NHCW, they visited Bidart Brothers Apple Packing in Shafter. Besides lunch and games, Omni also provided the crews with information on primary medical, dental and behavioral health services. The health care provider also held a community baby shower for around 100 new and expecting parents. 
 
 




Clinica del Salud de Pueblo
In celebration of Agricultural Worker Health Center Day, Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo in Coachella hosted an event to assist agricultural workers with health insurance enrollment and inform them of health care services available to them at community health centers.




North County Health Services
NCHS celebrated Patient Appreciation day by distributing water bottles to patients throughout the day.  

 
 


Golden Valley Health Centers
GVHC’s Street Medicine staff provided Modesto City Councilwoman Jenny Kenoyer information about their Street Medicine Team. Since May, nearly 764 people have received services from the team’s street nurses. The team delivers services such as wound care, blood pressure and glucose checks, vital signs and appointment coordination to name a few. The team also distributes socks, hygiene kits, water and food. 
 

Open Door Community Health Centers

Open door hosted NHCW events at their Del Norte Community Gardens. When asked how he would use his super power in the community gardens, this mini super hero responded “ I could use my rain breath to make the clouds turn rain on every flower”.  




CPCA Billing & CFO Conference
Conference attendees at the California Primary Care Association’s Billing & CFO conference visited the “What’s your #CHCSuperPower?” photo booth to capture their super hero message on camera.



 
UMMA Community Clinic
‏In honor of Healthcare for the Homeless day, UMMAnators engaged with and passed food to the homeless at the Midnight Mission center in downtown Los Angeles.