CHCC Recognizes National Health Center Week

The Community Health Care Center, Inc. (CHCC), a division of the Cascade City-County Health Department, is joining the nationwide celebration of National Health Center Week 2011. During the week of August 7th thru August 13th, health centers across the country will be working to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s Health Centers. The theme of this year’s Health Center Week is “Celebrating America’s Health Centers: Serving Locally, Leading Nationally,” and the goal is to highlight how health centers work to serve health needs and save taxpayer dollars.

 Health centers are a great example of how people, governments and communities can work together to meet the unique health needs of their community. Although health centers rely on a portion of federal funding, they are not under the complete direction of government agencies and officials. In fact, they are run from the bottom up, by a patient-majority governing board that helps guide how limited resources can be best used to meet the health care needs of their community. Over 50% of the CHCC Board of Directors members are required to be current patients of the CHCC!

 Your local CHCC provides quality affordable medical, dental and behavioral health care regardless of income, insurance or ability to pay. CHCC’s fees are based on a sliding scale, and all major insurances, including Medicaid and Medicare are accepted. This allows patients who may not have other options for regular care to access family medical care, pediatrics, pharmacy assistance, women’s health services and many other services.

 Here in Cascade County, our providers serve about 5,100 patients, totaling around 14,000 visits each year. Preventative medical, dental and behavioral health care helps reduce costs due to preventable hospitalizations, unnecessary visits to hospital emergency rooms, and it also provides individuals with a consistent medical home for regular care from outstanding providers.

 Learn more about the Community Health Care Center, Inc., your local health center in Cascade County, by clicking here.

Download a printable fact sheet about health centers all over Montana.

 Click here for more information on National Health Center Week.

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