Sacramento, Calif. – Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno) presented a resolution declaring Aug. 7-13 as National Health Center Week in California with a group of health center leaders on the floor of the State Assembly today. The resolution honors the work of California’s community health centers who now serve one in seven Californians.
National Health Center Week is an annual tradition that celebrates the positive impact of health centers in local communities for more than 50 years and highlights the innovations and unique nature of care they provide. Community health centers provide comprehensive, integrated healthcare to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay. Their range of services may include primary care, behavioral health, dental services, health education, community outreach, nutrition education, social services, adult day care, disaster relief, and more.
“As an Emergency Room physician, community health centers have earned my professional respect and deserve to be recognized. They provide high quality care to the communities and patients we both serve,” said Assemblymember Arambula. “If we are going to reduce health disparities in our most vulnerable and disadvantaged communities, we need to bolster our network of community health centers and empower them to continue advancing their mission.”
Assemblymember Arambula has committed to improving the health of California. This resolution follows the first of a three-part roundtable discussion he is hosting titled, “Advancing Latino Health: Are California Medical Schools Meeting the Needs of the Latino Community?” The first was held at the State Capitol last week, the next will be held in Fresno in September.
“Community health centers are the foundation of health in local communities and it is heartening to see their work recognized by Dr. Arambula and the State Assembly,” said Carmela Castellano-Garcia, President and CEO of CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates, an organization dedicated to advancing the mission of community health centers. “Serving six million Californians is no easy feat, but we are lucky to have a wonderful network of 1,150 health centers who come from the communities they serve and are dedicated to meeting their unique healthcare needs.”
In addition to broadly celebrating community health centers, National Health Center Week also recognizes unique programs, services and initiatives that are important to community health centers each day of the week.
Sunday Aug. 7: Health Center Workforce
Monday Aug. 8: Health Screenings Tuesday 8/9: Public Housing Health Center Day
Wednesday Aug. 10: Healthcare for the Homeless Day
Thursday Aug. 11: Farmworker Health Day
Friday Aug. 12: Protecting Public Health
Saturday Aug. 13: Health Center Enabling Services
National Health Center Week is led by the National Association of Community Health Centers. This year’s theme is "Celebrating America's Health Centers: Innovators in Community Health." Follow #NHCW16 and #CHCsInnovate on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates from health centers in California and nationwide.
- National Health Center Week Resolution Language
- CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates State Profile
About Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arambula
Dr. Joaquin Arambula was elected in April 2016 in a special election to represent California’s 31st Assembly District. Assemblymember Arambula now serves the cities of Biola, Bowles, Calwa, Cantua Creek, Caruthers, Coalinga, Del Rey, Easton, Firebaugh, Fowler, Huron, Kerman, Kingsburg, Mendota, Monmouth, Orange Cove, Parlier, Raisin City, Reedley, San Joaquin, Sanger, Selma, Tranquility and approximately 41% of the City of Fresno.
About CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates
CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates is advocacy organization that is dedicated to advancing the mission of community health centers through state and federal efforts. CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates represents 1,150 community health centers that provide care to 1 in 7 Californians. CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates is an affiliate of the California Primary Care Association.