DAVID STETSON: Community Health Centers make healthier communities

TO THE EDITOR:

As we celebrate National Health Center Week (Aug. 13-19) here in Manistee and across the country, we realize the great gift that community health centers bring to the communities they serve.

Community Health Centers were designed to treat the whole person, every member of the community (with or without insurance), and to make our communities stronger and healthier through the work we do every day.

In Manistee, that means providing dental care and primary medical care in additional to offering services that recognize and overcome barriers people are experiencing in their lives.

One important aspect of being a community health center is developing partnerships with other organizations to bring resources our communities might otherwise not have.

At Northwest Michigan Health Services, Inc. we are proud to be able to announce a new partnership for the benefits of local residents with diabetes. The Lions Club International Foundation in Northern Michigan is sponsoring free retinal exams and A1C tests for uninsured community members with diabetes at Northwest Michigan Health Services, Inc. Manistee Clinic. These two tests are critical for people with diabetes, as they can help control the disease and prevent damage that can be irreversible.

During health center week, and always, community health centers should be recognized as the important resource they are.

David Stetson

RN Care Manager

 

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