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“Rock the Block” for National Health Center Week

LANSING, Mich. – The Ingham Community Health Centers joins a nationwide network of federally-recognized health centers in celebrating National Health Center Week, August 7-13. Community members are invited to join the festivities at “Rock the Block,” a free, local event on August 11.

Community health and human service organizations will be in attendance offering family activities, health screenings, prizes, food, and more at the celebration to be held at Forest Community Health Center located at 2316 S. Cedar Street in Lansing on August 11, 1-5 p.m.

“Since the 1970s, Ingham Community Health Centers has served the community by offering comprehensive, affordable and quality care to people regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay,” said Ingham County Health Officer Linda S. Vail. “The health centers are an asset to our community and health department.”

Health centers started over 50 years ago as a pilot project during President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. Today, they have compiled a significant record of success that includes:

•           Producing $24 billion in annual health system savings

•           Reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and unnecessary visits to the emergency room

•           Treating patients for a fraction of the average cost of one emergency room visit

•           Maintaining patient satisfaction levels of nearly 100 percent

•           Generating $26.5 billion in economic activity and over 230,000 jobs

•           Reducing infant mortality rates

National Health Center Week, “Celebrating America’s Health Centers: Innovators in Community

Health,” will be observed nationwide. Governor Rick Snyder has proclaimed Health Center Week in Michigan in recognition of the “high quality, cost effective and accessible primary and preventive care provided.” Events ranging from community open houses to children’s health fairs are planned throughout Michigan.