National Health Center Week brings
fun and healthy together
Representative Suzanne Bonamici will help to kick off the week with a visit to the Beaverton Dental Clinic.
The annual Health and Resources Fair is on Friday August 12th at the Cornelius Wellness Center (1151 N Adair Street, Cornelius OR 97113) from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.
“Our annual Health and Resources Fair is an opportunity for community members in Washington County to receive free health screenings, participate in wellness activities for the whole family and be connected to resources available in the community.” states Foundation Executive Director, Serena Cruz. “Our goal is that each person attending the fair leaves with a greater understanding of their own health needs, the expertise and healthcare services available through Virginia Garcia, and information about critical services available in the community.”
The national campaign runs August 8-12th with the goal of raising awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s Health Centers over the course of more than five decades.
Representative Suzanne Bonamici will be kicking off the week-long event with a visit to the Virginia Garcia Beaverton Dental Clinic on Monday, August 8. Virginia Garcia’s newest dental clinic provides critical dental care to the area’s most under-served patients. Representative Bonamici’s visit will help to bring attention to an ever-increasing need in Washington County.
One of the bright spots in America’s healthcare system, 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
-Treating patients for a fraction of the average cost of one emergency room visit
-Generating $26.5 billion in economic activity and over 230,000 jobs
-Reducing infant mortality rates
Health centers not only prevent illness and foster wellness in the most challenging populations, they produce innovative solutions to the most pressing healthcare issues in their communities. They reach beyond the walls of conventional medicine to address the factors that may cause sickness, such as lack of nutrition, mental illness, homelessness and addiction. Because of their long record of success in innovation, managing healthcare costs, and reducing chronic disease, leaders in Congress have declared health centers a model of care that offers a “bipartisan solution to the primary care access problems” facing our nation.
Here in Washington and Yamhill County Virginia Garcia continues to lead innovation in healthcare through partnerships and collaboration with organizations and businesses located in the communities where they are located. With 16 clinics serving 45,000 people annually Virginia Garcia continues to grow, offering programs such as Padres con Initiatives (Parents with Initiative) which assists new parents with the development of parenting skills for their children through counseling, advocacy and basic life skill lessons.
Virginia Garcia will host a Health & Resource Fair along on Friday, August 12th. The Fair provides free health screenings and resources to all members of the community. At this time, there will be over 30 organizations that will be in attendance at the event. The day will also feature a talent show, Zumbathon and Mariachi band. This free event is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.
Virginia Garcia is proud to partner with NW Natural to host National Health Center Week with additional support from Tuality Healthcare and Nonstop Wellness.