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Iberia Comprehensive Community Health Center Celebrates Health Center Week

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Iberia Comprehensive Community Health Center is celebrating National Health Center Week 2021 from August 8th-14th.

Posted: Jun 30, 2021 11:05 AM

Iberia Comprehensive Community Health Center is celebrating National Health Center Week 2021 from August 8th-14th. The event is part of a national campaign to increase awareness of the ways health centers are providing affordable health care in communities.A host of NHCW eventsthat celebratethe ways that health centers are “The Chemistry for Strong Communities”are scheduled across the country, including health fairs, visits by Members of Congress and state officials to local health centers, press conferences, back-to-school drives, community breakfasts, patient appreciation events, free health screenings and much more.

ICCHCand its 7 satellite sitesarepart of a nationwide network oflocally-runhealth centers that serve more than28 million people nationwide. They are onthe front lines of national public health challenges, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic–whether caring for veterans, providing opioid treatment, or responding to natural disasters. They are also a lifeline in remote and underserved communitieswhere the nearest doctor or hospital can be as far as 50 miles or more away.Nearly half of health centers (44 percent) are located in rural communities.

Highlights of health center accomplishmentsinclude:

Reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and unnecessary visits to the emergency room;

Treatingpatients for a fraction of the average cost of one emergency room visit;

Servingmore than one in six Medicaid beneficiaries for less than two percent of the national Medicaid budget;

Lowering the cost of children’s primary care by approximately 35 percent;

Serving over 355,000 veterans throughout the country.

This year’s NHCW 2021will highlight how Community Health Centers serve as the beacon of strength, service, and care in their communities. In moments of pain and loss, they offer support and love. In moments of triumph, they offer hope and a vision for the future. Let’s come together this week tocelebrate the roles Community Health Centers have played in both our recent moments of loss and triumph.This National Health Center Week honors those front line providers, staff, and beloved patients who lost their lives during the (ongoing) COVID-19 pandemic. From the very beginning of the crisis, Community Health Centers began finding innovative ways to provide preventative and primary care to their patients

Each day of NHCW 2021is dedicated to a particular focus area. To learn more and view alisting of events please visit: www.healthcenterweek.org.

IberiaComprehensive Community Health Center, Inc. operates 8 Health Centers throughoutSouth Louisiana: Iberia Comprehensive Community Health Center (New Iberia), Abbeville Community Health Center(Abbeville), St. Martin Parish Community Health Center (St. Martinville), Surrey Street Community Health Center and the Surrey Street Pediatrics Extension (Lafayette), Sabine Comprehensive Health Clinic (Many), Merryville Community Health Center (Merryville), and Vernon Parish Community Health Center (Leesville).

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