Health & Safety, Pesticides

Family HealthCare Network marks Health Center Week

From, The Porterville Recorder, 8 Aug 2011.

California — Family HealthCare Network is celebrating 35 years of service during National Health Center Week (NHCW) and National Farmworker Health Day with several events scheduled throughout Tulare and Kings counties.

National Health Center Week, held during the second week of August (7-11), recognizes the accomplishments of community and migrant health centers in providing affordable, high quality, cost-effective services to vulnerable patient populations. This year’s NHCW, “Celebrating America’s Health Centers: Serving Locally, Leading Nationally,” underscores how local health centers are using a unique patient-centered approach to increase patient satisfaction and reduce acute care costs while saving taxpayer dollars.

Community partnerships have been formed to promote health education and train the local workforce to meet rising health care demands. Additionally, FHCN works with closely with specialty care centers, and continues to collaborate with all of the acute care centers in the area to hospitalize patients. Although health centers, including FHCN rely on  portion of their revenue from federal funding, the overwhelming funding for FHCN (about 90 percent) comes from third party payers such as commercial insurance companies, Medicare and Medi-Cal, as well as from patients, themselves.

Throughout the week, at its various health centers in Tulare and Kings counties, FHCN will be conducting activities to include health and safety talks and health fairs. It is sponsoring a poster contest at its clinics during National Health Center Week to encourage community members to show what community health means to them.

Those interested in entering can visit Family HealthCare Network’s Facebook page during the month of August to enter the contest. Prizes will be awarded for both contests.

FHCN is also hosting a health fair at the Mexican Consulate in Fresno on Tuesday. The health fair will include free health screenings for adults and children.

Other events scheduled locally:

Wednesday, Aug. 10 – Porterville 9 a.m. – noon.

  •  WPS/Pesticides Training: How to protect yourself from pesticide residues when working out in the fields.
  •  Heat Stress/Entrenamiento de Insolación: How to protect yourself from Heat Stress, Heat Stroke, and signs and symptoms, when working out in the fields.
  • LEAF: Limiting Pesticide Exposure Around Families: This is geared more towards Farm working families with children. Pesticides found around the home.

Saturday, Aug. –  Porterville – 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

–    Back to School Well Child Exams.

Source:, “Family HealthCare Network marks Health Center Week” by The Porterville Recorder, 8 Aug 2011.


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