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Cherry Health Celebrates Its Roots in the Community

Grand Rapids, MI – The biggest week of the year for Cherry Health and health centers around the nation is almost here. National Health Center Week (NHCW) occurs August 4-10, and Cherry Health will be joining with thousands of communities around the nation to recognize and celebrate the innovative work of Health Centers.

Thanks to the generous support from Blue Cross Complete of Michigan, Cherry Health is celebrating NHCW by partnering with the Urban Core Collective and hosting popup events August 5-7, 2019. The free events are open to the public and will have children’s activities, blood pressure checks, scales, healthy snacks, giveaways and more. No registration is required.

Events include:

This year’s theme celebrates the ways health centers are “Rooted in Communities.” The “roots” of health centers extend well beyond the walls of our facilities. We meet people where they are, connect them to community resources, housing, job training, childcare and more. This is why all week long we are collaborating with community partners to host popup events, donating to the public schools in each of the communities we serve, backpack giveaways, providing fresh fruit to our patients and more.

Cherry Health is part of a nationwide network of locally-run health centers that serve more than 28 million people nationwide. They are on the front lines of national public health challenges – whether caring for veterans, providing opioid treatment, or responding to natural disasters.

This year’s NHCW 2019 will highlight how health centers are at the forefront of a nationwide shift in addressing environmental and social factors as an integral part of primary care, reaching beyond the walls of conventional medicine to address the factors that may cause sickness, such as lack of nutrition, mental illness, homelessness and substance use disorders. Community Health Centers’ success in managing chronic disease in medically vulnerable communities has helped reduce health care costs for American taxpayers.

Highlights of health center accomplishments include:

Cherry Health:

  • Cherry Health saves the healthcare system nearly $90 million every year, reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and unnecessary visits to the emergency room
  • Serving nearly 10,000 homeless patients annually
  • Serving nearly 76,000 patients annually

National:

  • Serving more than one in six Medicaid beneficiaries for less than two percent of the national Medicaid budget;
  • Serving more than one in six Medicaid beneficiaries for less than two percent of the national Medicaid budget;
  • Lowering the cost of children’s primary care by approximately 35 percent;
  • Treating 65,000 patients with Medication Assisted Therapy for opioid use disorder in 2017; and,
  • Serving over 355,000 veterans throughout the country.

To learn more about NHCW and the listing of events, please visit: www.healthcenterweek.org. You can also follow the conversation using #NHCW19 or #ValueCHCs on Twitter.