This week, from August 12 to 18, is National Health Center Week. It's a time to for everyone to celebrate all the work that patients, staff, and community health centers do. And, to celebrate your own health too!
National Health Center Week is also a good opportunity for you to step up your health game, and take advantage of the resources available to you. Here are five ways you can take part in National Health Center Week and take care of yourself.
1. Schedule an appointment with a local health center.
During this week, many health centers will be doing events to reach out to the community and offer services to those in need. Find a health center convenient for you, and schedule an appointment. If you haven't been to the doctor's in a while, this is a great step towards getting healthy.
2. Enroll in health insurance.
Don't have health insurance? That's OK! Many health centers, like Apicha CHC, offer health insurance enrollment for it's patients. In 2017 alone, around 3.2 million Americans were uninsured. Getting health insurance doesn't have to be hard; plenty of health centers like Apicha CHC can help you.
3. Get tested.
During National Health Center Week, many health centers will offer free STD/HIV testing and screening. If you're tight on cash or unable to see your provider, you can still take care of getting tested this week. Getting tested can be a huge weight off your shoulders, and is important for staying healthy.
4. Go on a tour.
Not every health center will be offering tours of their clinics, but some will welcome you to do a walk-through. This can help you decide where you want to receive medical care. It's similar to buying or renting a home -- you want to make sure a health center is right for you! Besides, you owe it to yourself to prioritize your health and find a place to get services.
Not sure where to go? Apicha CHC is holding sneak peek tours of our new Jackson Heights clinic this week! You can out the full event below.