Family Health Center Celebrates
COLUMBIA - The Family Health Center is hosting a series of open house events this week for National Health Center Week. Balloons, flyers and gifts are planned at the four locations of the center. The celebrations are a part of National Health Center Week. Medical staff, city leaders and patients got together to help more people in need of preventive health care understand the importance and service of the non-profit organization.
In an economically down time when many people cannot afford expensive health insurance, the Family Health Center is playing an increasingly significant role in maintain the well-being of the community.
"The family Health center provides that backstop. It's absolutely a central part of providing health care to a growing number of Columbia citizens," Mayor Bob McDavid said.
Together with other employees, executive director of the center Gloria Crull has been working hard to expand the service to more people in need. However, she has seen that the first step is to take the chance to let the general public understand the goal of the center - to provide quality primary care with affordable costs.
"During the economic recession, many people have lost their job for the first time. They may probably don't know where they can turn for help. We hope that the National Health Center Week can let more people know that we are right here to help them in hard times," Crull said.
Crull mentioned that the newly passed national health care bill will help all health centers in the country expand its service to rural areas, where there is a serious lack of access to care. To achieve the goal, health centers can work in close cooperation with other health organizations such as Missouri Department of Health and Missouri Primary Care Association.