Teche Action observing health center week with campaign
Teche Action Clinic has been observing National Health Center Week, Aug. 11-17, with a campaign to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s health centers as local solutions for affordable and accessible health care.
A bright spot in America’s health care system, community health centers have been in existence for more than 45 years and have compiled a significant record of success by:
—Reducing income and ethnic health disparities nationwide, even in the poorest and most challenged communities.
—Producing $24 billion in annual health system savings.
—Reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and unnecessary visits to emergency rooms.
—Generating a system of preventive medicine that patients use regularly to stay healthy, thus saving lives.
The theme for NHCW 2013 is “Celebrating America’s Health Centers: Transforming Health Care in Our Local Communities,” which underscores how health centers go beyond the reach of medicine to not only prevent illness, but address the factors that cause it. For instance, poor nutrition, unemployment, stress, or housing can affect a person’s whole health.
“At our health center we are proud to offer primary care services, pharmacy, dental, behavior health, pediatrics, OB/GYN and WIC services,” said Dr. Gary M. Wiltz, Teche Action Clinic chief executive officer. “Our approach is to look at the whole health of the person and their life beyond the walls of our health center. By focusing on prevention we can give our patients the right tools to stay healthy and productive, and out of the hospital.”
Teche Action Clinic provides medical services at eight locations across south Louisiana that include clinics in Franklin, Morgan City, Houma, Dulac, Edgard, Reserve, Pierre Part and a school-based clinic at West St. Mary High School in Baldwin.