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Cape and Vineyard Community Health Centers Observe Community Health Center Week

PRESS RELEASE

July 17, 2012
Hyannis – The Cape and Vineyard Community Health Center Network will observe Community Health Center Week by hosting a legislative breakfast on Wednesday, August 8 at Duffy Health Center in Hyannis. State and local elected representatives, town government officials, and other health care providers have been invited to hear how local community health centers are working to expand access to services, improve quality of care, and reduce healthcare costs.

Health Center officials will also discuss the challenges their organizations face as demands for services increase amid a changing financial and regulatory environment. Congressman Bill Keating and State Senator Dan Wolf are among those expected to attend. The Network is comprised of Community Health Center of Cape Cod, Duffy Health Center, Island Health Care Rural Health Clinic, Mid-Upper Cape Health Center, and Outer Cape Health Services. Together they serve 46,000 patients on Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard, most of whom are low-income, underinsured or experience financial, language or social barriers to care. The health centers' services include primary and preventive care, behavioral health, dental, women's health, and support services such as insurance enrollment assistance, education and case management, and prescription assistance. Community Health Center Week is a nation-wide celebration of the 1,200 health centers across the country, including 52 in Massachusetts.

Health centers are unique in their ability to provide access to affordable, high quality, cost effective health care to medically vulnerable and underserved people throughout the United States. Health centers care for 20 million people, a number that is expected to increase to 40 million by 2015 as national health reform is implemented. The Cape and Vineyard Community Health Center Network is a collaborative planning and service delivery network. Its purpose is to improve and integrate a continuum of care, including primary care, specialty care, behavioral health and oral health services on Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard.