LANSING, Mich. – Joining a nationwide network of federally-recognized health centers celebrating National Health Center Week, August 13-19, the Ingham County Health Department’s Community Health Centers invites community members to “Hooked on Health,” a free, local event on August 17.
The festivities include family activities, health screenings, prizes, music, face painting and more. The event will be held in the Human Services Building parking lot located at 5303 S. Cedar Street in Lansing on August 17, 12-4 p.m.
“Since the 1970s, Ingham Community Health Centers has served the community by offering comprehensive, affordable and quality care to people regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay,” said Ingham County Health Officer Linda S. Vail. “The health centers are an asset to our community and something to celebrate.”
Health centers started over 50 years ago as a pilot project during President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. Today, they have compiled a significant record of success that includes:
• Producing $24 billion in annual health system savings
• Reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and unnecessary visits to the emergency room
• Treating patients for a fraction of the average cost of one emergency room visit
• Maintaining patient satisfaction levels of nearly 100 percent
• Generating $26.5 billion in economic activity and over 230,000 jobs
• Reducing infant mortality rates
National Health Center Week, “Celebrating America’s Health Centers: The Key to Healthier Communities,” will be observed nationwide. Events ranging from community open houses to children’s health fairs are planned throughout Michigan. Hooked on Health will also recognize Community Health Workers and their role in connecting the community to health and social services.