CHC Week Proclamation

Value of Community Health Centers (CHCs) Celebrated
Governor Declares August 7-13 Community Health Center Week in Kentucky

Frankfort, Ky. (August 9,2022) Community Health Centers (CHCs) provide vital primary care for patients across Kentucky. CHCs also offer a wide array of holistic services that typically include dental, behavioral health, chronic disease management, pharmacy, women’s health, pediatrics, and lab services, among others. August 7-13 is Community Health Center week in Kentucky and the nation as a way to recognize the value and impact of CHCs.

“We have CHC members providing high quality, comprehensive essential primary care and associated comprehensive medical services to more than 560,000 patients in medically underserved rural and urban areas across the Commonwealth,” said Molly Lewis, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Kentucky Primary Care Association (KPCA). “The health centers treat patients regardless of the patients’ ability to pay, race, or ethnicity. CHCs help expand access and improve outcomes.”  

Wayne Linscott is the Chief Executive Officer at HealthFirst Bluegrass a CHC based in Lexington. “We are so excited to celebrate health centers and their important role in providing high quality health care in the community. Across this country, more than 1,400 community health centers provide medical, behavioral health, dental and pharmacy services and are critical community development and economic engines locally,” added Linscott.

Kentucky CHCs employ a large number of physicians, nurses, other medical professionals, and administrative staff. Estimates indicate they generate more than $750 million each year for local economies.

Additionally, many CHCs operate school-based clinics to provide much needed health services to students and staff. The clinics are located in more than 300 elementary, middle and high schools around the state.

Kentucky Department for Public Health Commissioner, Dr. Steven Stack, presented a gubernatorial proclamation during a site visit to HealthFirst Bluegrass Tuesday afternoon.

“It’s a privilege to celebrate National Community Health Center Week at HealthFirst Bluegrass and deliver a proclamation from Governor Andy Beshear recognizing August 7 – 13, 2022, as Community Health Centers Week in Kentucky,” said Dr. Steven Stack, Kentucky Commissioner for Public Health. “ On behalf of Governor Beshear and the more than 560,000 Kentuckians CHCs serve in our Commonwealth, thank you for promoting healthier people and healthier communities!”

In his proclamation, Governor Andy Beshear wrote “Every day, Community Health Centers and their teams of dedicated healthcare workers develop new approaches to meet the needs and challenges of their local communities. Community Health Centers expand access and improve outcomes which makes for a healthier Commonwealth.”

Click the following link to read the full proclamation posted on the Kentucky Secretary of State website: https://web.sos.ky.gov/execjournalimages/2022-PROC-282249.pdf

To find a KPCA Community Health Center member near you, go to: https://www.kpca.net/ then click on directory, categories, and FQHC.

Nationally, the theme for Health Center Week is “Community Health Centers: The Chemistry for Strong Communities.” Learn more about the value and impact of CHCs on the national level at: https://healthcenterweek.org.

*MEDIA NOTE: A KPCA video story on the proclamation presentation is available on the KPCA YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WTOYB7tq98 Feel free to link our video with your local story on this topic and use the video in any other way(s) you deem appropriate.*

*A photo of the proclamation presentation is provided. Suggested cutline:
Dr. Steven Stack, Department for Public Health Commissioner, presents Wayne Linscott, CEO at HealthFirst Bluegrass, a proclamation from Governor Beshear declaring August 7-13 as Community Health Center Week in Kentucky. The presentation was made during an event at HealthFirst Bluegrass on Tuesday afternoon.*

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