We are proud to serve our community each day, providing comprehensive healthcare services to those who need them most. Every August, we join in a nationwide celebration known as National Health Center Week (NHCW). This year, we’re excited to participate in ‘The Roadmap to a Stronger America’. This week is a testament to the dedication and passion of our staff, board members, and supporters who make our work possible. It’s also a celebration of our patients and the vibrant community we serve. We invite you to join us in this week-long celebration, as we honor our achievements and reaffirm our commitment to our patients and community.
National Health Center Week:
August 6 - 12, 2023
Stay connected with us on social media for updates and highlights from National Health Center Week.
Sunday, August 6, 2023 – Public Health in Housing
Public health and housing are deeply interconnected. Today, we highlight this issue’s importance, recognizing the significant challenges individuals and families face in securing safe and healthy housing. We commend the efforts of all those working on innovative solutions to these problems.
Learn about FTOC’s participation in CalAim, in which we are supporting CalOptima health members with their housing needs as part of their health plan.
Monday, August 7, 2023 – Healthcare for People Experiencing Homelessness
Healthcare access, a fundamental right, often presents a significant challenge for people experiencing homelessness. Today, we spotlight our mobile units’ work, helping this vulnerable population. Our dedicated team travels where most needed, providing essential healthcare services and helping overcome barriers these individuals often face when accessing care.
Follow along with the mobile unit instagram take over, watch our street medicine program video on youtube and visit our mobile unit page to learn more about our mobile services.
Tuesday, August 8, 2023 – Agricultural Worker Health
Agricultural workers, a vital part of our society, often face unique health challenges due to the nature of their work. Today we commend the efforts of community health centers, working tirelessly to improve agricultural workers’ health and wellbeing.
Wednesday, August 9, 2023 – Patient Appreciation
Our patients are at the heart of everything we do. Today, we express our gratitude for their trust in us, celebrating their resilience, their stories, and their journeys. We reaffirm our commitment to providing them with the highest quality of care.
To show our appreciation, we have a special treat in store to help our patients beat the summer heat. Look out for exclusive FTOC swag, available for free at all of our locations. It’s a token of our gratitude for our patients’ ongoing support and loyalty.
Follow along on social media to join in the celebration and catch all the heartwarming moments of Patient Appreciation Day!
Thursday, August 10, 2023 – Stakeholder Appreciation
Our stakeholders play an invaluable role in our mission to provide comprehensive healthcare services to our community. Today, we express our deepest gratitude for their support and commitment. Their contributions to public health have made a significant impact, and for that, we say thank you.
Discover the value of ongoing partnerships with local organizations and elected officials in our CEO, Alexander Rossel’s, latest blog post. Learn how these collaborations fuel the continued growth and impact of our mission in empowering the health and wellbeing of our community.
Friday, August 11, 2023 – Health Center Staff Appreciation
Our health center staff are committed to providing high quality healthcare to our patients. Today, we celebrate their dedication, compassion, and unwavering commitment to our mission. We acknowledge their efforts and express our gratitude for their invaluable contributions to our health center and our community
Saturday, August 12, 2023 – Children’s Health
Children’s health is a priority for us. Today, we focus on children’s unique health needs and the importance of early and regular healthcare. To help build awareness, we share educational resources and information through our social media platforms, helping parents, caregivers, and community members better understand and support children’s health and wellbeing.
With the back-to-school season approaching, we extend a warm invitation to all children to visit our Tustin and Garden Grove locations for their comprehensive back-to-school checkups and vaccinations. These crucial health measures ensure that children are ready to embark on a successful academic journey. The well-being of our youth is of paramount importance, and we’re here to prioritize their health needs with utmost care.
The History of Community Health Centers
The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) was established in 1971 to advocate for quality healthcare access for medically underserved communities in the U.S. Over the years, NACHC has successfully campaigned for the authorization of the first Community Health Center program, fought against legislative threats to these centers, and introduced initiatives to increase their funding. With the passing of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, Community Health Centers saw significant expansion, supported by the Health Center Fund. Today, these centers serve nearly 1 in 10 people in the U.S., making them the largest primary care network. NACHC continues to advocate for these centers, provide resources, and represent their collective voice, with the current Health Center Fund due to expire in September 2023.