August 04 2010National Health Center Week – 2010 is traditionally observed every year during the second week of August and is dedicated to recognizing the service and contributions of Community, Migrant, Homeless and Public Housing Health Centers for providing access to affordable, high quality, cost-effective health care to medically vulnerable and underserved people in the U.S. This year's commemoration is special because 2010 also marks the 45th Anniversary of the creation of the Health Centers Program. This year’s theme is titled \"Celebrating America's Health Centers: Turning the Vision into Reality\" and will highlight the 45 year record of Health Centers providing affordable, high quality, cost-effective health care to all people, regardless of ability to pay. National Health Center Week 2010 also provides an opportunity to focus on the progress we have made towards fulfilling the goal of our \"Access for All America\" plan to provide a health care home to 30 million patients by 2015. Each year Health Center Week also sets aside three days to focus on special populations who are often left outside of the mainstream health care system. This year we will observe on Tuesday, August 10th as Health Care in Public Housing Day, followed by Health Care for the Homeless Day observed on Wednesday, August 11th, and Farmworker Health Day which will be observed on Thursday, August 12th. SEARHC has Community Health Centers that are located throughout S.E. Alaska in communities like Angoon, Juneau (Front Street Clinic/Health Care for the Homeless), Haines, Hydaburg, Kake, Kasaan, Klawock, Klukwan, Pelican, Tenakee Springs and Thorne Bay. America's Health Centers now serve over 20 million people (including 925,000 farmworkers and nearly 940,000 people who are homeless) in 7,000 communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam. We invite you to join us in a weeklong celebration, August 8th - 14th, to focus the public spotlight on SEARHC’s and America's Health Centers and for their work to make sure that everyone who needs a health care home can have one at a health center. For more information about National Health Center Week, please contact Patricia Atkinson at 966-8662, or Richelle Whitson at 966-8948.