For the first time in history, Community Health Centers served more than 30 million patients in 2021. A legacy more than 60 years in the making, the Community Health Center movement began as a journey of building power among people within their unique communities. Today, Community Health Centers represent the largest network of primary care providers in America. Community Health Centers serve
1 in 11 people in the U.S. including:
- 1 in 9 children and adolescents
- 1 in 7 racial and ethnic minorities
- 1 in 6 Medicaid beneficiaries
- 1 in 5 uninsured persons
- 1 in 3 people in poverty
Additionally, federal policy requires that at least 51% of Community Health Center board members be patients of the health centers they represent. Consumer board members volunteer their time and expertise to be a voice for others who are served by the health center in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic status. We celebrate the patients and community board members who keep Community Health Centers accountable for meeting the needs of local communities.
Consider these resources and ideas in recognition of Patient Appreciation Day:
- Invite patients and board members to record a video sharing why advocating for Community Health Centers is important to them.
- Host a community health fair or open house. Invite other community organizations to provide resources and activities for patients.
- Plan a recognition event for board members who volunteer to serve in the Community Health Center movement.