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Education as Advocacy on National Health Center Week

Friday, July 22, 2011

National Health Center Week   (August 7-13) is just around the corner!  We have a number of events lined up, and if you’ve ever organized a public event, you can probably imagine that it’s a busy time!  However, I’m pretty excited about how Community Health Partnership is using National Health Center Week as a springboard to raise awareness of our clinics and current health care issues.  I hope you’ll join us.

On Monday, August 8, we are co-sponsoring a “Health Disparities and Social Inequities Briefing” with California Assemblymember Paul Fong in partnership with our member health center Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI)  , The Health Trust, and Kaiser Permanente.  According to the Santa Clara County Public Health Department, “health disparities are differences in the incidence, prevalence, mortality and burden of diseases and other adverse health conditions that exist among specific population groups.”   As the health care safety net for the poor and uninsured, community health centers see the populations that suffer most from health disparities.   For example, one of our Board Members, Liz Hunt, CEO of Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley  will be addressing how the legacy of racism towards American Indians affects the health outcomes of this communities even in present day.  Through this briefing, we not only aim to raise awareness about health disparities, but also intend to enlist a new crop of community health center supporters, willing to fight health disparities and social inequities with us.

On Tuesday, August 9, we are scheduled to receive a proclamation for National Health Center Week from the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, and will be hosting a reception afterwards.  We are pleased that our county is recognizing our health centers in this way.  Obtaining proclamations and resolutions is a great excuse for celebration, and doubles as an advocacy tool that reminds elected officials of the important role health centers have in keeping communities healthy. 

On Wednesday, August 10, Gardner Family Health Network  will be hosting free glucose and blood pressure screenings next to San Jose City Hall and at all of their clinic sites.  “Gardner” has attracted quite a bit of media attention lately; they were featured in the Bay Area edition of the New York Times  this month, and an op-ed piece supporting their expansion ran in the San Jose Mercury News this past week.  Both articles highlighted the challenge that community health centers face all over the country: trying to do more with less.  Meeting the increased demand for accessible and affordable health care while facing local, state, and federal cuts. 

While originally scheduled during National Health Center Week, we are pleased to announce that Congressman Mike Honda  and will be joining us for a legislative briefing on health care reform on Thursday, August 25th.  I’ll be sharing more details about this much anticipated event soon.

I would love to see you at any of our National Health Center Week events!  Simply give me a call at (408) 570-6014 or send me an email.

Save the Dates for National Health Center Week! August 7-13, 2011

Monday, July 11, 2011

Hi Everyone!

National Health Center Week is less than a month away!  The theme of this year’s National Health Center Week is “Celebrating American’s Health Centers: Serving Locally, Leading Nationally.”  We’re really excited about our schedule of events this year, as we’re working with our member health centers, community partners, and elected officials to not only raise awareness about the value of community health centers, but also using this week as a reason to educate the general public about a broad range of health and health care advocacy issues.

Here’s how our schedule looks so far:

Monday, August 8
Health Disparities and Inequities Community Briefing

Sponsored by Assemblymember Paul Fong
1:00-3:00 PM
Isaac Newton Senter Auditorium
County of Santa Clara Government Center
70 West Hedding Street, San Jose, CA
RSVP: Email or call (408) 277-2003

Tuesday, August 9
Proclamation of National Health Center Week by the County of Santa Clara

Reception to Follow
9:00 AM
County of Santa Clara Government Center
70 West Hedding Street, San Jose, CA
RSVP: or call (408) 579-6014

Wednesday, August 10
Free Blood Pressure and Glucose Screenings with City of San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed!

Sponsored by Gardner Family Health Center
10:00-1:00 PM
Gardner Family Health Center’s Mobile Unit will be parked close to the City of San Jose Rotunda Building

Date to be determined:   Health Care Reform and Medicaid Legislative Briefing with Congressman Mike Honda

Just wanted to share these dates so you have them in your calendar!  I really hope you can join us.  In the coming weeks, I’ll be rolling out more information, and spotlighting each of events in grand style.  Also, if you’re interested in volunteering, please feel free to give me a call: (408) 570-6014.



Welcome to our new blog!

Friday, July 01, 2011

Greetings!  It’s my pleasure to come to you with Community Health Partnership’s first blog entry.  Through this blog, we’ll be providing the latest in “Partnership” updates, and bringing you stories from our network of member community health centers and clinics in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.  In addition to these “news-y” features, we would like this blog to be a space for us (including you, the reader) to explore and discuss the many issues that come up when one believes that “health care is a right, not a privilege.”  Some of these issues include Health Care Reform  cultural and linguistic appropriateness in health care settings, Medi-Cal and Medicare.

We drew inspiration from our blog title, “Access to All” from our vision and mission statements. As a consortium of community health centers and clinics, we believe in and advocate for accessible health care services for all people, regardless of background or ability to pay.  The title “Access to All” also pays homage to the National Association of Community Health Centers’ (NACHC) ACCESS for All America plan, a plan to reduce the ranks of our country’s medically disenfranchised by preserving, strengthening, and expanding health centers.  As open accessibility is a feature we particularly appreciate about the online format, we also aim for this blog to be a welcoming, jargon-free place where readers interested in health care issues affecting vulnerable populations can come to learn, comment, and discuss.

Thank you so much for visiting!  We look forward to all the conversations.

Grace-Sonia Melanio
Health Policy Specialist