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Erlanger Celebrates Over 45 Years Of Service During National Community Health Centers Week

Friday, August 12, 2022

Erlanger Health System is proud to celebrate National Community Health Centers week and recognize the staff at all three locations for serving the community with affordable, accessible, high-quality primary and preventative medical, behavioral health and dental care for the entire family for more than 45 years, said officials.

Erlanger Community Health Centers hosted the annual “Back to School Bash” at which the organization and community partners served more than 1,200 children and families from the surrounding underserved communities. During the event, the health team completed 38 free physicals and also provided children with vaccinations. The event distributed over 325 backpacks to students, provided over 250 children with school uniforms, supplied 70 free Android tablets with internet access for students and families, dispensed over $500 in gift cards to help with school preparation expenses, gave over $3,500 in health and wellness giveaways, and fed children and families 300 boxed lunches, 150 deli sandwiches, 200 hotdogs, 150 slices of pizza and 350 snow cones.

“Erlanger Community Health Centers are an important asset and partner to our communities filling, not only healthcare needs, but also social needs as well,” said Summer Elliot, Community Outreach manger for Erlanger Community Health Centers. “This year’s event was bigger than we expected and we hope to continue to grow the event to meet even more of our community’s children’s needs for years to come. When we say we compassionately care, we don’t just stop with healthcare. Erlanger is more than that and we look forward to continuing to be a pillar in this important community.”

Erlanger Community Health Centers provide vital healthcare services to underserved communities. Last year, they provided over 35,000 clinic visits including medical, dental and mental health services. Almost 5,000 visits were for OB/GYN care. Since 2016, the community health centers have seen a 34.9 percent increase in dental visits and a 24.2 percent increase in mental health visits. They care for over 15,000 patients annually and those numbers continue to grow. With a 36.6 percent increase in patient population since 2016, over 70 percent of patients are at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.

Erlanger has three community health centers located at Dodson Avenue, Southside, and Premier. The community health centers became a part of Erlanger Health System in 1977. For more information about Erlanger Community Health Centers visit erlanger.org/communityhealth.

 



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