August 6 through 12 marks National Health Center Week 2023, a time to celebrate and increase awareness of America’s 1,400 community health centers (CHCs). For over 50 years, Fenway Health and other CHCs have been pillars of public health, providing care and services to people from all walks of life. Today, community health centers are working harder than ever to keep our communities healthy in the midst of ongoing financial and staffing challenges across the healthcare field.
This year’s National Health Center Week theme is The Roadmap to a Stronger America, highlighting the achievements and amazing work being done at community health centers in every state and territory. Celebrate the uniqueness of your community and get to know others as we journey across the US together!
Community Health Centers serve 28 million Americans at more than 9,000 delivery sites in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and US territories. In the United States, one out of 15 people get their care at CHCs. Health centers, including Fenway Health, provide critical services to all people, regardless of their ability to pay or insurance status, making them anchors of their communities.
Here at Fenway Health, we are committed to advocating for and delivering innovative, equitable, accessible health care, supportive services, and transformative research and education. We center LGBTQIA+ people, BIPOC individuals, and other underserved communities to enable our local, national, and global neighbors to flourish.
During National Health Center Week, Fenway’s outreach teams will be joining BIDMC’s Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative to highlight our programs and services by tabling on the sidewalk outside of our 1340 Boylston Street location on Wednesday, August 9 and Thursday, August 10 from 12 – 2 PM. If you see us, please stop by and say hello!
We hope all of you will join us in marking National Health Center Week 2023 and in thanking the incredible staff across Fenway Health and all health centers who work so hard, this week and always.