Central, Northern NY Federally Qualified Health Centers Celebrate National Health Center Week

Health centers in Central and Northern New York continue their spirit of collaboration by hosting a Legislative Breakfast on August 7 as a kickoff to National Health Center Week 2015, a week-long campaign (August 9-15) to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of community health centers – the largest and most successful system of primary healthcare in America.

One of the bright spots in our nation’s health care system, the Health Center Program started 50 years ago as a pilot project during President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. In this region, the Federally Qualified Health Centers provide care for 116,676 patients annually, which includes 25% of the Medicaid population and 29% of the uninsured.

The event is a collaboration between East Hill Family Medical, Inc.; Family Health Network of Central New York, Inc.; Finger Lakes Community Health; Northern Oswego County Health Services, Inc.; North Country Family Health Center, Inc.; Regional Primary Care Network; and Syracuse Community Health Center, Inc.

Located in medically underserved areas, health centers provide high quality, cost effective primary care to anyone seeking it, regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay.

Their patient-centered model of primary care delivery reduces the need for more expensive interventions, particularly for patients with chronic illnesses, through care coordination and disease management services and programs.

Led by consumer-majority governing boards health centers identify and prioritize the programs and services their communities need most and deliver them in a linguistically and culturally appropriate way.

The breakfast is an opportunity for local, state and federal leaders to celebrate the collaborations happening between the health centers in this region, learn how we can continue to work together to support the vulnerable and underserved in our community, and hear about the exciting opportunities that the health centers are engaged in.

“Every day I witness firsthand the value, from a variety of perspectives, of having a patient-centered health care home,” said Leola Rodgers, president and CEO of Syracuse Community Health Center, Inc. “When people have a place to go for regular, high-quality health care services that also focuses on prevention, they use it and stay healthier. We provide a comprehensive range of services onsite, including Pediatrics, Adult Medicine, Family Medicine, Dental, OB/GYN, Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Podiatry, Eye Care, Pharmacy, Laboratory and Radiology. We also have an Urgent Care Center that provides medical and dental services, 365 days a year, on a walk-in basis. List Services Offered by Your Health Center]. Our patients not only get the care they need under one roof, but they are treated as individuals, with dignity and respect. This is what health care should be, and what we celebrate during National Health Center Week.”

There will be a continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m., followed by the program from 9 to 10 a.m. at HealthLink/Telergy located at One Telergy Parkway/6333 State Route 298, East Syracuse.

Please RSVP to Michelle Jackson at [email protected] or call (315) 476-7921 ext. 2427.

Thank you to event sponsors: the Fellows Action Network, a program of the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York; McKesson; and Merritt Hawkins.

To learn more about any of the health centers, please visit their website:

East Hill Family Medical, Inc.: www.easthillmedical.com

Family Health Network of Central New York, Inc.: www.familyhealthnetwork.org

Finger Lakes Community Health: www.flchealth.org

Northern Oswego County Health Services, Inc.: www.nochsi.org

North Country Family Health Center, Inc.: www.nocofamilyhealth.org

Regional Primary Care Network: www.rpcn.org

Syracuse Community Health Center, Inc.: www.schcny.com

For more information about New York’s network of community, migrant, homeless, and public housing health centers, please visit www.chcanys.org.