August 12th - 18th, 2018 is National Health Center Week. Is your Health Center planning any activities to celebrate? AUCH would love to help you host an event by assisting with planning, marketing, coordinating with elected officials and the press, or by simply getting the word out! Please free free to contact Barbara for any questions about National Health Center Week.
NACHC has provided a number of fantastic ideas for your CHC to consider:
Show off your health center to the community
- Celebrate the opening of a new site with a ribbon cutting or groundbreaking.
- Have an open house and tours of your health center and the services you provide.
- Develop a theme for a day (Back-to-School day check-ups is a good one!).
- Host a community breakfast or barbeque.
- Hold a voter registration drive.
- Involve local school districts by inviting teachers and health personnel, such as school nurses, to visit your health center and to learn more about your center’s initiatives directed to children’s health.
Honor your staff
- Offer lunch to your health center staff to show your appreciation for their work.
- Hold an awards ceremony to honor staff, board members and other health center volunteers.
Engage your community
- Organize a flash mob, bike race, walk-a-thon or parade to promote your health center.
- Hold a contest like a kid’s coloring contest or a poster contest.
- Promote your health center at libraries. Arrange library talks by health center staff on community health and to promote the services you provide.
- Arrange a health fair and offer free screenings and or immunizations to community members. You could even host a Zumba class at the fair!
- Set up information tables at shopping malls or grocery stores to distribute pamphlets answer questions.
- Celebrate Public Housing Health Centers Day on Tuesday, Health Care for the Homeless Day on Wednesday and Farmworker Health Day on Thursday of NHCW.
- Contact local public offices to request approval for a health exhibit at your town or city hall or governmental offices to provide information on your health center.
- Show appreciation for local police and or firemen or other community partners, and collaborate with local organizations on your celebration.
- Contact religious institutions to place advertisements or inserts about National Health Center Week activities in church bulletins or weekly papers and offer to make health education presentations.
And ALWAYS invite your elected officials
- Invite them to come and speak at one of your events.
- Give them a tour of your health center.
- Offer them an award for their support.
For more ideas and help with planning, please contact Barbara.