Happy National Health Center Week 2010 – Day 3!

As America celebrates the quality, comprehensive, cost-effective, and accessible primary and preventive health care that Community Health Centers provide to 20 million people in 8,000 U.S. communities, below are some interesting statistics that highlight their service:

45:  For 45 years, Community Health Centers have been providing quality, comprehensive, accessible health care to uninsured and medically underserved people across the country regardless of income or insurance status.

20 million:  Today, 20 million people in the United States (including nearly 600,000 Michigan residents) call a Community Health Center their health care home.

8,000:  America’s Community Health Centers operate 8,000 health care delivery states in every state across America and all U.S. territories.

$122 billion:  According to an analysis by the Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, the expansion of Health Centers under health reform will save up to $122 billion in total health care costs between 2011 and 2015 .

40 million:  America’s Community Health Centers are on track to care for 40 million patients in five years under health reform – that’s double their current capacity.

 600,000:  Nearly 600,000 Michigan residents receive care at the state’s 31 Community Health Center organizations which operate over 160 sites.

$2 billion:  The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 included a $2 billion investment in America’s Health Centers to assist them in weathering the economic downturn while also creating and retaining jobs in low-income communities.

To learn more about Michigan Community Health Centers, visit www.mpca.net.  For more information about National Health Center Week, go to www.healthcenter.org.

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