Oakland Primary Health Services (OPHS) is kicking off National Health Center Week 2010 today, August 9 by honoring Congressman Gary Peters with the Health Care Defender Award. The award ceremony will take place at 12:15 PM to 1:15 PM at the Michigan Community Health Center located in Pontiac, Michigan.
“Congressman Peters understands the value of Community Health Centers as comprehensive health care homes that provide high quality, affordable health care for local communities and their residents,” said Derek Lanier, Executive Director, Oakland Primary Health Services. “He has been instrumental in assisting our Health Center increase its capacity so it is able to provide health care services to more people. He has also shown concern for the health care needs of his constituents by gathering their input at town hall meetings and other community events.”
The theme for this year’s National Health Center Week is “Celebrating America’s Health Centers: Turning the Vision into Reality”, focusing on the extraordinary efforts of Health Centers across the nation in providing high quality, affordable health care to all community members.
In addition to today’s event, Oakland Primary Health Services is focusing on various health issues that effect multiple populations. It will be offering a variety of health care services including free screenings for diabetes and hypertension; free testing for HIV and hepatitis; physicals along with free health education regarding women’s Health, oral Health and behavioral Health; and much more.
“By providing these services, we hope to help address the unmet health needs of our community,” said Jesse Gutierrez, Case Manager, OPHS. “Oakland Primary Health Services not only offers high quality, comprehensive, and culturally competent health care, we also strive to be a resource for our community.”
For more information about National Health Center Week 2010 and a list of events being held across Michigan and the nation today through August 14, visit www.healthcenterweek.org.