Amelia Johnson: Community health centers valuable

08/12/2014 2:23 PM

08/12/2014 11:52 PM

Recently I moved back to the Central Valley for the first time in over 15 years. It has been a distinct honor to serve our area as the Director of Programs and Development for Livingston Community Health, where I have learned firsthand about the immense value of community health centers in serving the greater Livingston community, which includes my hometown of Turlock. Community health centers are the “local engines of healthier communities,” where committed clinicians and staff provide health care to all regardless of ability to pay. Nationally, health centers like ours provide high quality care for 22 million people, saving $1,200 in health care costs per patient and the entire health care system $24 billion a year from reduced hospitalizations and ER visits. This is in addition to the jobs and resources that are based in our community and support the local economy.

This week, join me in celebrating our nation’s Community Health Centers during National Center Week 2014. Search #NHCW2014 or visit nationalhealthcenterweek.org to find an event near you.

Amelia Johnson, MPH, Livingston Community Health, Livingston

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