Cuyahoga County is fortunate to have a robust network of community health centers (CHC) providing routine primary care as well as dental and behavioral health care, immunizations, health education and screenings. This past week, we celebrated National Health Center Week recognizing our nation’s community health centers.
In case you’re unfamiliar with community health centers, here are some important facts. CHCs…
- Provide high quality, affordable primary and preventive care
- Remove financial, language and transportation barriers to accessing care
- Serve vulnerable populations in high-need geographic areas, often providing care to many who would not otherwise be able to access medical services
- Provide a medical and health care home for over 22 million people nationwide
- Improve chronic disease care coordination and health outcomes for patients
As many students return to the classroom this week, we’re reminded of the crucial role health centers play in the lives of our neighbors. For example, we know academic success isn’t achieved without good health. For many of our students, good health starts at the local CHC, which goes beyond offering immunizations and checkups. They act as health homes where familiar faces offer help and support.
Along with our local CHCs, United Way of Greater Cleveland has stepped up to help our neighbors achieve crucial health goals, such as making healthy choices, accessing routine medical care and developing skills to manage chronic illness. To help our community achieve these goals, United Way is a convening partner, investing resources and advocating for public policy in hopes of building a healthy and resilient community. And achieving crucial health goals would be impossible without the quality medical services provided by our local community health centers – United Way thanks you for being the health home to kids and families across Greater Cleveland. Together we will achieve a healthy and resilient community!