Sulfur Springs Mayor Doug Moore recently issued a proclamation designating this week as National Health Centers Week in Sulfur Springs, and encourages all Americans to participate in “celebrating the important partnership between America’s Community Health Centers and the communities they serve”.
For more than 50 years, Community Health Centers have provided high-quality, affordable, and comprehensive primary and preventive health care in underserved communities, providing value and having a significant influence on the American health care system.
About 30 million Americans in more than 14,000 communities across the country are served by community health centers. They often provide the only accessible and reliable source of primary care in their communities. Nationally, CHCs serve one in five rural residents.
They are small, locally owned and operated businesses that serve critical economic engines, helping fuel local economies by generating $63.4 billion in economic activity in some of the nation’s most economically disadvantaged communities.
The community health center manages patients’ chronic illnesses, reducing overall costs of care by giving it options over more expensive health care facilities such as hospital emergency rooms. They are also on the front lines of emergency health care crises, providing care for veterans, fighting the opioid epidemic, and responding to public health threats from natural disasters.
“During National Health Centers Week, we celebrate the legacy of America’s Community Health Centers and their vital role in shaping the past, present, and future of America’s health care system,” Mayor Moore read. in proclamation designating August 7-13, 2022, as National Sulfur Springs Health Center Week.
Moore presented the proclamation to Kasie Smith, director of community development for Carevide, a local nonprofit health center with more than 40 years of experience providing health care services.
Carevide works with local health partners and serves patients accepting private insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP, with fee discounts based on family size and income, available for uninsured patients and underinsured. The health group has locations in Bonham, Commerce, Cooper, Farmersville, Greenville, Kaufman and the Sulfur Springs location offers family, women’s and pediatric services.