Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Escamilla, Otondo and Pancrazi to speak at National Health Center Week event at San Luis Cultural Center

Escamilla, Otondo and Pancrazi to speak at National Health Center Week event at San Luis Cultural Center

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIXRep. Juan Carlos Escamilla, D-San Luis (District 4), Rep. Lisa Otondo, D-Yuma (District 4), and Sen. Lynne Pancrazi, D-Yuma (District 4), will be guest speakers at an upcoming celebration of National Health Center Week organized by the Sunset Community Health Center.

Every August, Sunset Community Health Center recognizes the contributions and services delivered by community health centers, which are patient-directed organizations that serve people who live in areas with limited access to health care.

“These centers play a vital role in our state and across the country,” Escamilla said. “Not only do they contribute to the physical well-being of people in our communities, but they also contribute to our state’s economic health.”

The National Association of Community Health Centers estimates that by 2015 health centers will:

o       Save $122 billion in total health care costs nationally over five years
o       Generate $54 billion in total economic activity nationally
o       Create about 284,000 jobs in local communities

“Community health centers are crucial to maintaining a good quality of life for rural Arizonans by providing health care services and health care jobs in areas not serviced by major hospitals,” Pancrazi said. “I look forward to seeing everyone at this celebration of National Health Center Week.”

This year’s event will be held on Aug. 10 at the San Luis Cultural Center at 1015 N. Main St., San Luis, Ariz. from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. In addition to remarks from Escamilla, Otondo and Pancrazi, the event will feature other community and elected leaders, free health screenings and referral information.  Event organizers are also planning prizes, raffles and a live broadcast.

“It is so important to recognize the significant contributions that community health centers make throughout Arizona and to support the high-quality, affordable care these centers provide. I encourage the community to come out to this event,” Otondo said. “I think it will be fun, educational and good for our health!”


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