Advance Community Health Celebrates National Health Center Week Locally


By: Kelly Wright, Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications

RALEIGH, NC – Advance Community Health (ACH) celebrates National Health Center Week from August 4th-10th. The weeklong event is part of a national campaign to increase awareness of the various benefits of health centers in communities. Each day of the week has a particular focus day that concentrates on how health centers are “Rooted in Communities.” Events include various locations – the State Farmer’s Market, Oak City Cares and ACH on Rock Quarry Rd. A final event will be held on our SE Raleigh campus. See all events below.

Advance Community Health is part of a nationwide network of locally-run health centers that serve more than 28 million people nationwide. We remove common barriers to care by serving communities who otherwise confront financial, geographic, language, cultural or other barriers.We are on the front lines of national public health challenges – whether caring for those affected by homelessness, underinsured, uninsured, and veterans, to name a few. We provide primary care, dental, pediatric care, nutrition counseling, behavioral healthcare, substance abuse counseling, a discounted in-house pharmacy, and other high-quality services. We serve patients in several locations throughout Wake County and in Louisburg. Nearly half of health centers (44 percent) are located in rural communities.

Highlights of health center accomplishments include: Reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and unnecessary visits to the ER; treating patients for a fraction of the average cost of one ER visit; serving more than one in six Medicaid beneficiaries for less than two percent of the national Medicaid budget; lowering the cost of children’s primary care by approximately 35%; and, serving over 355,000 veterans throughout the country.

This year’s NHCW 2019 will highlight how health centers are at the forefront of a nationwide shift in addressing environmental and social factors as an integral part of primary care, reaching beyond the walls of conventional medicine to address the factors that may cause sickness, such as lack of nutrition, mental illness, homelessness and substance use disorders.

National Health Center Week:

Sunday, Aug. 4: State Farmer’s Market
Monday, Aug. 5: Oak City Cares
Tuesday, Aug. 6: ACH SE Raleigh Campus
Wednesday, Aug. 7: Patient Appreciation Day
Thursday, Aug. 8: Stakeholder Appreciation Day
Friday, Aug. 9: Staff Appreciation Day
Saturday, Aug. 10: Friends and Family Fun Day at ACH SE Raleigh Campus
Highlights: 8am Walk to Your Health, bouncy house, Raleigh Parks & Rec, Museum of Natural Sciences, Voter ID info, kids activities, community resources, food truck & more!