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Celebrating National Health Center Week 2019: Rooted in Communities

National Health Center Week (NHCW) is a time for celebrating the work of countless clinicians, front office staff, food bank employees, social workers, volunteers, legislators, parents, and community advocates in health centers around the nation. More than 28 million people in the U.S.—that’s one in 12—rely on community health centers for their health care. OCHIN is proud to provide health information technology (HIT) services to over 100 federally qualified health centers and countless other community clinics across the nation. That is why OCHIN is a proud sponsor of NHCW, to celebrate these health centers that are using HIT to improve access, care, and connection in their communities.

As a HIT collaborative with national reach, OCHIN celebrates the many ways our member clinics are rooted in their communities. For a rural clinic in eastern Oregon, that might mean expanding broadband coverage and advocating for continued subsidies to support rural access. For an urban clinic in Boston, it includes administering social determinants of health screenings so doctors can better understand how their patients are being impacted by factors such as housing, food, or income insecurity. In communities affected by the opioid crisis, clinics are working with OCHIN and their states to access life-saving data exchanges that ensure clinicians can see a patient’s prescription history before making decisions about medications. No matter where they are or who they are caring for, every health center advances the same goal of creating strong foundations for health for all patients.

We are inspired by our members’ work improving access to health care and overall wellness, and we are proud to celebrate our partner health centers as crucial touchpoints of care in communities nationwide.