As healthcare reform continues to evolve and change the landscape of our health care system in America, we see a growing need for the services provided by Community Health Centers. These facilities play an integral role in providing quality health care to low income and medically underserved areas.
With patient demand at an all-time high, health centers have responded accordingly by stepping up to meet the needs of more than 20 million Americans at over 8,000 delivery sites nationally. One can only imagine the many challenges health centers face as they expand the facilities and workforce necessary to serve our local communities in such high numbers!
For more than 40 years, the network of Community, Homeless, Migrant, and Public Housing Health Centers have provided quality, low-cost health care to millions of Americans regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay. Reduced fee care allows many Americans access to primary and preventative care, ultimately cutting down on more costly hospital and specialty visits down the road.
For nearly 30 years, the second week of August has been officially recognized as National Health Center Week, dedicated to celebrating the service and achievements of health centers nationwide. Consilium joins the rest of the healthcare community this week to express our thanks and gratitude for the many contributions health centers have afforded our communities.
These Health Centers are founded on the basis of service and serving the health needs of their patients. Similarly, at the heart of Consilium Staffing lies our fundamental value of service. Our commitment to service means serving our clients, community, and each other – placing others’ needs above our own. Out of our passion for service, Consilium Cares was formed to provide an outlet for us to give back to our local community. Over the past year, Consilium Cares has taken on a number of volunteer activities with organizations such as Children’s Medical Center and North Texas Food Bank both located here in Dallas, as well as Mission Arlington in Arlington, TX. Consilium also specializes in partnering with health centers to help off-set workforce issues caused by the severe shortage of primary care physicians. Many health centers rely on temporary physicians and mid-level providers to maintain continuity of patient care during peak seasons, vacancies, or periods of ongoing recruitment.
I encourage all of us to celebrate this week by acknowledging the role and importance of National Health Centers, visit a local community health center, explore the volunteer programs they may offer, and express your gratitude for keeping America healthy.
To learn more about National Health Center Week, visit www.healthcenterweek.org.
Written by Tisha Schwartz Director of Client Sales for Consilium Staffing.