WHEREAS, for over 50 years, community health centers have provided high-quality, affordable health care in our nation’s underserved communities, demonstrating the locally-governed healthcare can improve lives while lowering costs; and
WHEREAS, community health centers are located in medically underserved areas and locally controlled, ensuring that each community health center always remains responsive to the needs of the specific community it serves; and
WHEREAS, community health centers are locally owned and operated small businesses that can help power local economies by generating dollars and creating jobs in some of the Alaska’s most economically challenged communities; and
WHEREAS, Alaska hosts 29 community health centers, with over 180 clinics operating, which provide employment for 1,692 Alaskans, who in turn provide medical, dental, and behavioral health care for
over 100,000 Alaskans; and
WHEREAS, community health centers emphasize individual responsibility and health awareness in a personal, culturally-aware, and sensitive community setting and help reduce the number of preventable deaths, chronic disease disparities, costly disabilities, and communicable diseases; and
WHEREAS, community health centers save the national health system an estimated $24 billion annually by helping patients manage chronic conditions in place of costlier health care settings.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Bill Walker, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim August 7-13, 2016 as:
Community Health Center Week
in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to take advantage of the services provided by their local community health center and to recognize the important partnership between community health centers and the Alaskans they serve.
Dated: August 1, 2016