WHEREAS, for over 50 years, community health centers have provided high-quality, affordable health care in our nation’s underserved communities; and,
WHEREAS, what began as a small demonstration project in two states has grown substantially, with health centers now serving as the health care home for over 24 million Americans through more than 9,000 delivery sites across the nation. One in every fourteen people living in the United States looks to a community health center for their care; and,
WHEREAS, health centers provide high quality, cost effective and accessible primary and preventive care, including integrated medical, oral, vision, behavioral health, and pharmacy services to all individuals regardless of insurance status or ability to pay; and,
WHEREAS, health centers are located in medically underserved areas and locally controlled by patient-majority boards, ensuring that they always remain responsive to the needs of the specific community they serve; and,
WHEREAS, health centers are locally owned and operated small businesses that serve as critical economic engines, helping to power local economies by generating billions of dollars in combined economic impact and creating jobs in some of the country’s most economically deprived communities; and,
WHEREAS, health centers nationally employ nearly 170,000 people, including more than 11,200 physicians and more than 9,000 nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and certified nurse midwives who work as part of multi-disciplinary clinical teams;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim August 7-13, 2016 as Health Center Week in Michigan.