August 10, 2022
Special event set for National Health Center Week
MOBILE, Ala. — The Mobile County Health Department (MCHD) and Family Health (FH), its primary care division, are observing National Health Center Week (NHCW) with special activities both in person and virtually. The weeklong campaign runs through August 13.
The purpose of this celebration is to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s health centers over the past five decades. Health centers provide preventive and primary care services to almost 30 million people — including 400,000 veterans — in more than 14,500 communities across America. Health Centers provide care to people who disproportionately suffer from chronic disease and lack access to affordable, quality care.
The theme for this year’s NHCW is “The Chemistry for Strong Communities.” MCHD/FH has planned special events during NHCW to coordinate with the nation-wide “focus days” that showcase the innovative ways MCHD/FH provides high-quality health care and improving health outcomes.
Children’s Health Day is set for Saturday. MCHD/FH will host a back-to-school bash at its Keeler Memorial Building (251 North Bayou Street in Mobile) from 9 a.m. to noon. We hope to raise awareness of the importance of children receiving the CDC recommended childhood vaccinations. MCHD/FH staff plan to distribute approximately 500 give-away bags.
Family Health’s new Mobile Medical Unit (MMU) will also be present to offer free COVID-19 rapid testing to the community. The MMU, which went into service earlier this year, will also be available for guided tours.
Community Health Centers, such as Family Health, continue to prove an effective means of overcoming barriers to healthcare access, including geography, income, and insurance status – improving healthcare outcomes and reducing healthcare system costs.