2016-07-22 / Community

National Health Center Week

Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center is celebrating National Health Center Week 2016, from Aug. 7 – Aug. 13, to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s health centers, the largest and most successful system of primary healthcare.

We will be hosting several events at our locations in Far Rockaway, Jamaica and Red Hook.

They include: the Grand Opening of the Health Center’s WIC site in Red Hook, Brooklyn on Tuesday, Aug. 9; a Staff Appreciation Breakfast at the Sutphin Boulevard site on Thursday, Aug. 11; and a Back to School Health Fair/Student Appreciation event at our flagship location – 6200 Beach Channel Drive in Far Rockaway, on Saturday, Aug. 13.

One of the bright spots in America’s health care system, health centers started 50 years ago as a pilot project during President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty.

Today, they have compiled a significant record of success that includes:

 Reducing income and ethnic health
disparities nationwide, even in the
poorest and most challenged communities  Reducing infant mortality rates
 Producing $24 billion in annual
health system savings
 Reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and unnecessary visits to the
ER
 Maintaining patient satisfaction levels of nearly 100 percent.

Health centers serve more than 23 million people nationwide – that’s one in 15 Americans, including 7 million children and 260,000 veterans. Health centers are also increasingly becoming the trusted provider of choice for many families, whether they are insured or not.

Evidence shows patients choose health centers because they are convenient, affordable, and offer a range of services from a team of caring professionals. Studies also show the quality of care at a health center is as good as or even better than private practices.

The Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center is a non-profit ambulatory health care center serving the residents of New York City communities such as the Rockaways, Jamaica, Ozone Park, and Red Hook, with quality primary medical services. It operates with federal and state funding, and is governed by a board of directors composed primarily of local community residents. The organization pursues a policy of offering human services to the public and strives to improve and expand these services in the spirit of the late congressman, Joseph P. Addabbo who served the Queens community with unfailing dedication throughout his career and in whose name the board of directors decided to name Addabbo.

Health centers need sustained federal investment to meet the growing demand for their services and help more Americans gain access to affordable healthcare.

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