National Health Center Week is Aug. 7-13 and raises awareness of the mission and accomplishments of community health centers nationwide
In celebration of National Health Center Week (Aug. 7-13, 2022), Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss issued a proclamation honoring Cherry Health for its vital role in shaping the future of local health care.
National Health Center Week is an annual celebration dedicated to raising awareness of the mission and accomplishments of community health centers nationwide. This year’s theme is Community Health Centers: The Chemistry for Strong Communities. “During this week, we celebrate the unique value health centers bring to the communities we serve,” said Cherry Health President and CEO Tasha Blackmon. “Health centers, like Cherry Health, ensure barrier-free access to comprehensive, quality health care regardless of an individual’s insurance status or ability to pay. We are often the difference between sickness and health, despair and hope, and barriers and opportunities for our patients.” “We know many people put off essential preventative screenings and annual wellness visits during the pandemic.
We wanted to take this opportunity to remind you that your health is important. No matter your needs, Cherry Health is here for you,” Blackmon added. Established in 1988, Cherry Health is the state’s largest Federally Qualified Health Center, providing comprehensive, quality health care services to more than 60,000 patients each year who may not otherwise have access. In 2021, Cherry Health received a Health Center Quality Leader Gold Award from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), performing in the top 10% of health centers nationwide. The Grand Rapids-based community health care organization served 66,757 patients and received a 95% patient satisfaction rate. With the growing need for patient telehealth services in West Michigan, the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services awarded Cherry Health $2 million in February to support increased health care access and quality for underserved populations through virtual care such as telehealth, artificial intelligence, remote patient monitoring, digital patient tools, and health information technology platforms. “During National Health Center Week, the city of Grand Rapids celebrates Cherry Health, its 20 locations across the state, its dedicated staff of more than 800 employees, board members, patients, and all those responsible for their continued success and growth,” said Bliss.
Cherry Health, Michigan’s largest Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), operates in six counties across the state, based in Grand Rapids.
With a team of more than 800 health care professionals at 20 locations, Cherry Health focuses on removing barriers, expanding access, and delivering comprehensive quality health care services to underserved communities, regardless of an individual’s insurance status or ability to pay. The nonprofit integrated health system provides primary care, dental, vision, behavioral health, pharmacy services, and more. For more information, visit CherryHealth.org.