2.8 min readPublished On: July 25, 2019

AxessPointe Community Health Centers, Inc. Celebrates National Health Center Week 2019

July 25, 2019 -AxessPointe Community Health Centers, Inc. will hold a series of events to mark National Health Center Week 2019 (NHCW) from Aug. 4-Aug. 10. The event is part of a national campaign to increase awareness of the ways health centers are providing affordable health care in communities. A host of NHCW events that celebrate the ways that health centers are “Rooted in Communities” are scheduled across the country, including health fairs, visits by Members of Congress and state officials to local health centers, press conferences, back-to-school drives, community breakfasts, patient appreciation events, free health screenings and much more.

AxessPointe’s events for the week occur throughout Summit and Portage counties, and are as follows:
• Monday, Aug. 5-Friday, Aug. 9: At all AxessPointe locations, during normal business hours from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. There will be giveaways, activities and raffle items daily.
• Wednesday, Aug. 7: Joy Park Community Center in Akron. AxessPointe is hosting the Third Annual Family Fun Health Fair from 3 p.m.-6 p.m. There will be a cookout, free health screenings, games, face painting and more!
• Sunday, Aug. 11: Hometown Bank Plaza in Kent. AxessPointe is participating in the Opioid Awareness Music Festival, hosted by Family & Community Services, Inc. from 12 p.m.-6 p.m. There will be an outdoor festival, live music and giveaways.

AxessPointe is part of a nationwide network of locally-run health centers that serve more than 28 million people nationwide. They are on the front lines of national public health challenges – whether caring for veterans, providing opioid treatment, or responding to natural disasters. They are also a lifeline in remote and underserved communities where the nearest doctor or hospital can be as far as 50 miles or more away. Nearly half of health centers (44 percent) are located in rural communities.

Highlights of health center accomplishments include:
• Reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and unnecessary visits to the emergency room;
• Treating patients for a fraction of the average cost of one emergency room visit;
• Serving more than one in six Medicaid beneficiaries for less than two percent of the national Medicaid budget;
• Lowering the cost of children’s primary care by approximately 35 percent;
• Treating 65,000 patients with Medication Assisted Therapy for opioid use disorder in 2017; and,
• Serving over 355,000 veterans throughout the country.

This year’s NHCW will highlight how health centers are at the forefront of a nationwide shift in addressing environmental and social factors as an integral part of primary care, reaching beyond the walls of conventional medicine to address the factors that may cause sickness, such as lack of nutrition, mental illness, homelessness and substance use disorders. Community Health Centers’ success in managing chronic disease in medically vulnerable communities has helped reduce health care costs for American taxpayers.

AxessPointe Community Health Centers is a federally qualified health center (FQHC) serving more than 18,500 patients in 2018 throughout Summit and Portage counties. AxessPointe has five current sites in Northeast Ohio, including three in Akron, one in Kent and one in Barberton. An FQHC is a non-profit corporation that delivers primary medical, dental and preventive health services in medically underserved areas. AxessPointe also provides pharmacy, women’s health and behavioral health services. For more information visit axesspointe.org.

Each day of NHCW 2019 is dedicated to a particular focus area. To learn more and view a listing of events please visit: www.healthcenterweek.org.