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H.Con.Res. 381 (ih) Expressing the sense of the Congress that there should be established a National Health Center Week to raise awareness of health services provided by community, migrant, and homeless health centers. [Introduced in House] ...
106th CONGRESS 2d Session H. CON. RES. 381 _______________________________________________________________________ CONCURRENT RESOLUTION Expressing the sense of the Congress that there should be established a National Health Center Week to raise awareness of health services provided by community, migrant, and homeless health centers. 106th CONGRESS 2d Session H. CON. RES. 381 _______________________________________________________________________ CONCURRENT RESOLUTION Whereas community, migrant, and homeless health centers are nonprofit, community owned and operated health providers and are vital to the Nation's communities; Whereas there are more than 1,029 such health centers serving more than 11,000,000 people at 3,200 health delivery sites, spanning urban and rural communities in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands; Whereas such health centers have provided cost-effective, quality health care to the Nation's poor and medically underserved (including the working poor, the uninsured, and many high-risk and vulnerable populations), acting as a vital safety net in the Nation's health delivery system, meeting escalating health needs, and reducing health disparities; Whereas these health centers provide care to 1 of every 10 uninsured Americans, 1 of every 8 low-income Americans, and 1 of every 12 rural Americans, and these Americans would otherwise lack access to health care; Whereas these health centers and other innovative programs in primary and preventive care reach out to more than 500,000 homeless persons and 600,000 farm workers; Whereas these health centers make health care responsive and cost effective by integrating the delivery of primary care with aggressive outreach, patient education, translation, and enabling support services; Whereas these health centers increase the use of preventive health services such as immunizations, Pap smears, mammograms, and glaucoma screenings; Whereas in communities served by these health centers, infant mortality rates have been reduced between 10 and 40 percent; Whereas these health centers are built by community initiative; Whereas Federal grants provide seed money empowering communities to find partners and resources and to recruit doctors and needed health professionals; Whereas Federal grants on average contribute 28 percent of such a health center's budget, with the remainder provided by State and local governments, Medicare, Medicaid, private contributions, private insurance, and patient fees; Whereas these health centers are community oriented and patient focused; Whereas these health centers tailor their services to fit the special needs and priorities of communities, working together with schools, businesses, churches, community organizations, foundations, and State and local governments; Whereas these health centers contribute to the health and well-being of their communities by keeping children healthy and in school and helping adults remain productive and on the job; Whereas these health centers, with a total operating budget of $4,000,000,000, bolster and stabilize communities by stimulating development and investment, generating more than $14,000,000,000 in community economic development each year; Whereas these health centers engage citizen participation and provide jobs for 50,000 community residents; and Whereas the establishment of a National Community Health Center Week for the week beginning on August 20, 2000, would raise awareness of the health services provided by these health centers: Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That it is the sense of the Congress that-- (1) there should be established a National Community Health Center Week to raise awareness of health services provided by community, migrant, and homeless health centers; and (2) the President should issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States and interested organizations to observe such a week with appropriate programs and activities. Passed the House of Representatives July 27, 2000. Attest: Clerk.
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