By law, Community Health Center boards must be comprised of at least 51% community members. Community board members are individuals who live in the community served by the health center, are patients, and represent others who are served by the health center in terms of demographics such as race, ethnicity, and gender. The model works because it ensures that patients represent the needs and voice of the community. Today, we celebrate patients and community board members who keep health centers accountable and abreast of community needs:
To celebrate Patient Appreciation Day consider:
- Staff Recognition. Host a staff open house with events, prizes, and recognition activities.
- Engage the board for advocacy.