National Health Center Week (August 8 – 14, 2021) is an annual celebration with the goal of raising awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s health centers over the past five decades. Community Health Centers serve as the beacon of strength, service, and care in their communities. In moments of pain and loss, they offer support and love. In moments of triumph, they offer hope and a vision for the future. We are excited to celebrate the vital role that MedLink plays in each of the communities we serve with a special focus each day.
- Sunday, 8/8: Public Health in Housing Day
- Monday, 8/9: Heathcare for the Homeless Day
- Tuesday, 8/10: Agricultural Worker Health Day
- Wednesday, 8/11: Patient Appreciation Day
- Thursday, 8/12: Stakeholder Appreciation Day
- Friday, 8/13: Health Center Staff Appreciation Day
- Saturday, 8/14: Children's Health Day
You might be wondering, what is a community health center and why are they important to our communities? A community health center is a non-profit, consumer directed healthcare organization that provides access to high quality, affordable, and comprehensive primary and preventive medical, dental, and mental health care. Community Health Centers provide services to almost 30 million people in the U.S. and provide care to people who disproportionately suffer from chronic disease and lack access to affordable, quality care. While our approach is community-based and local, collectively we are the backbone of the nation’s primary care system. Community Health Centers lower health care costs to the tune of 24 billion dollars a year, reduce rates of chronic diseases, and stimulate local economies.
At MedLink Georgia we strive to provide comprehensive, coordinated, and continuous care to all our patients. We offer a broad array of primary and preventive care services for patients of all ages, including screening, diagnosis, and management of chronic illnesses. In addition to primary care, we also offer: pediatrics, behavioral health, diabetes and nutrition education, occupational & physical therapy, women’s health, medication-assisted treatment, general dentistry and pharmacy services.
In 2020, we served over 45,000 patients in our 18 locations throughout northeast Georgia. All our centers are fully staffed year-round and offer extended hours. Each community has unique needs, so a center may offer specific services based on identified needs and available resources.
We have proudly been serving northeast Georgia since 1976. As a federally qualified health center, we are able to offer uninsured and underinsured patients a sliding fee scale. No one is denied services due to lack of income or insurance status. Many of our employees are also bi-lingual, eliminating the language barrier and providing a more comfortable and welcoming environment for all cultures.
Community Health Centers are not just healers, we are innovators who look beyond medical charts to address the factors that may cause poor health, such as poverty, homelessness, substance use, mental illness, lack of nutrition, and unemployment. We are a critical piece of the health care system and collaborate with hospitals, local and state governments, and social, health, and business organizations to improve health outcomes for people who are medically vulnerable.