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WHEREAS, for more than 50 years Community Health Centers have provided health care in our nation's underserved communities, demonstrating that locally governed healthcare can improve lives while lowering costs; and

WHEREAS, Nevada has nine Community Health Centers operating at 31 sites and have served more than 88,ooo Nevadans in 2015; and

WHEREAS, Health Centers provide primary and preventive care, including integrated medical, oral, vision, behavioral health, and pharmacy services, to all individuals regardless of insurance status or ability to pay; and

WHEREAS, Health Centers are small businesses that serve as economic engines, helping to power local economies and nationally Health Centers employ nearly 170,000 people, including more than 11,200 physicians and more than 9,000 nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and certified nurse midwives who work as part of a multi-disciplinary clinical teams designed to treat the whole patient; and

WHEREAS, the Health Center model continues to prove an effective means of reducing healthcare disparities and overcoming barriers to healthcare access, including geography, income and insurance status, and in doing so, improves health care outcomes and reduces health care system costs; and

WHEREAS, Community Health Provider Day offers the opportunity to recognize Nevada's Community Health Providers, staff, board members, and all those responsible for their continued success and growth, and we celebrate their role in shaping the future of our health care system;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BRIAN SANDOVAL, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim  March 24, 2017 as

 Community Health Provider Day in Nevada

 

 Proclamation Seal Only                         Signatures of Governor Brian Sandoval, Barbara Cegaske & Wayne Thorley