Health Centers Where You Don’t Expect Them

Americans are getting health care in some unusual places these days. Health centers have sprouted up in shopping centers, pharmacies – even grocery stores. Some are even on wheels. That’s why we’re celebrating National Health Center Week this week.

According to the Health Resources & Services Administration:

“Health centers are community-based and patient-directed organizations that deliver comprehensive, culturally competent, high-quality primary health care services. Health centers also often integrate access to pharmacy, mental health, substance use disorder, and oral health services in areas where economic, geographic, or cultural barriers limit access to affordable health care services. Health centers deliver care to the Nation’s most vulnerable individuals and families, including people experiencing homelessness, agricultural workers, residents of public housing, and the Nation’s veterans.”

According to a 2016 Presidential Proclamation:

“Across America, community health centers offer affordable, high-quality health care to people regardless of their financial status. For more than 50 years, underserved communities and vulnerable populations have relied on the primary and preventive care options these centers provide. During National Health Center Week, we reflect on the important role that health centers have played in delivering the comprehensive care all people deserve.”

If you haven’t been to a health care provider in years, you might find some easy options for a quick check-up closer than you expect, (and more conveniently located, too).

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