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WHEREAS, for more than 50 years, Community Health Centers have provided high-quality, affordable, comprehensive primary and preventative health care in our nation's underserved communities, having a significant impact on America's health care system; and

WHEREAS, Health Centers serve as the health care home for more than 25 million Americans across the nation and one in every 13 people in the United States gets their care in a community health center; and

WHEREAS, Health Centers are developing new approaches to integrate a range of services beyond primary care, including oral health, vision, behavioral health, and pharmacy services, to meet the needs and challenges of the community; and

WHEREAS, centers are locally controlled by patient-majority boards, ensuring that patients of each Health Center are engaged in their own health care decisions, and nationally Health Centers employ nearly 190,000 people, including physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and certified nurse midwives who work as part of multi-disciplinary clinical teams designed to treat the whole patient; and

WHEREAS, Health Centers reduce overall costs of care by managing chronic conditions and keeping patients out of costlier health care settings, like hospital emergency rooms as well as acting as the front lines of major health care crises; and

WHEREAS, National Health Center Week offers the opportunity to recognize America's Health Centers, dedicated staff, board members, and those responsible for their continued success as well as the role they play in communities nationwide;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BRIAN SANDOVAL, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim  August 13 - 19, 2017 as

 Health Center Week in Nevada


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