Selections from What’s Trending This Week — May 8, 2015
Congratulations to Greater Prince William Community Health Center and Hampton Roads Community Health Center for receiving New Access Point grants from the Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration. Both of these Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) are a part of Virginia’s health safety net in medically underserved areas and populations.
Said Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell, “Health centers are keystones of the communities they serve. Today’s awards will enable more individuals and families to have access to the affordable, quality health care that health centers provide. That includes the preventive and primary care services that will keep them healthy.”
Virginia currently has 27 FQHCs operating more than 130 sites around the Commonwealth. These primary care centers are located in communities and neighborhoods where access to primary care is limited or would otherwise be nonexistent. Annually Virginia’s Community Health Centers log over 1 million patient encounters. The New Access Point grants will help to provide access to more Virginians.
2. National Nurses Week: May 6-12
This week we recognize the invaluable work of nurses. Nurses are the first line of defense in the prevention of illness and injury. They champion and promote the health of our nation.As healthcare leaders and trusted advisers on health issues, we thank nurses for their continued efforts to improve patient outcomes in the ever-evolving field of primary care.
The Virginia Nurses Association offers the opportunity for you to Publicly Recognize a Nurse: http://virginianurses.com/Main-Menu-Category/Foundation/Honor-a-Nurse
The 16th annual National Women’s Health Week kicks off on Mother’s Day, May 10, and is celebrated until May 16, 2015. National Women’s Health Week is an observance led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health. The goal is to empower women to make their health a priority. The week also serves as a time to help women understand what steps they can take to improve their health. Find out More. Take the Pledge