As part of a national campaign, Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics (SBNC) will be celebrating National Health Center Week 2022, from August 7th –13th, with events to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s Health Centers and the dedicated staff who bring health care to the medically underserved, including Santa Barbara.
Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics will start off the celebration of National Health Center Week (NHCW) with a series of events:
- Saturday, August 6, 2022 – we will begin kick-off NHCW a day early by participating in our community’s local Children’s Fiesta Parade that is also celebrating its 90th year!
- Healthcare for Homeless, Monday, August 8, 2022 – Socks are the most wanted, but least donated item of clothing for the homeless. SBNC is moving to action by having a sock drive at all clinic locations starting this week until August 8th. Stop by any clinic to donate socks. Visit our website for locations www.sbclinics.org.
- Agricultural Worker Health Day, Tuesday, August 9, 2022 – SBNC All Staff Meeting will take place via Zoom with complimentary breakfast. Information on the importance of Agricultural Worker Health Day will be presented on our website and social platforms.
- Patient Appreciation, Wednesday, August 9, 2022 – We will be celebrating our patients by raffling gift card prizes valued at: $25, $50, and $100. In order to have a chance at winning, patients must be following at least 1 of our 3 social media platforms: Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook and follow giveaway instructions that day. Be sure to follow us!
- Stakeholder Appreciation, Thursday, August 11, 2022 – A Press Conference at our Goleta Clinic, located at 5580 Calle Real, Goleta, CA will take place from 12:00-1:30pm where lunch will be provided and certificates will be presented by the Cities of Goleta, Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara County Offices. Also present will be Assembly member Steve Bennett, State Senator Monique Limón and Congressman Salud Carbajal, whom have shown great leadership in supporting and sponsoring legislation that will preserve health centers.
- Health Center Staff Appreciation, Friday, August 12, 2022 – We will be providing lunch and raffle prizes to show our appreciation to our healthcare staff for their commitment to the work of serving our community each day.
- Children’s Health, Saturday, August 13, 2022 – Our Health Promotion Services team will be handing out important information on the services we provide as well as giving presentations to kids & families on the importance of dental care at the “Tools for Schools” event hosted by the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara, in partnership with 2nd Story Associates. This meaningful event will take place at Presidio Springs, located at 721 Laguna Street, Santa Barbara from 8:30am-12:00pm.
Free backpacks and school supplies will be given away thanks to a generous grant by Union Bank, and other informational resources will be provided by other local participating agencies.
Health centers provide preventive and primary care services to nearly 29 million people, and have continued to do so while facing a global pandemic. Community Health Centers provide care to people who disproportionately suffer from chronic disease and lack access to affordable, quality care. Community Health Centers are not just healers, we are innovators who look beyond medical charts to address the factors that may cause poor health, such as poverty, homelessness, substance use, mental illness, lack of nutrition, unemployment and support our patients’ civic health.
This week, SBNC will launch a Civic Engagement initiative to help our patients register to vote – in a safe and trusted space – as a direct way to create healthy communities. Next month, on September 20th, SBNC will celebrate National Voter Registration Day by holding our first Voter Registration Drive.
We are a critical piece of the health care system, and collaborate with hospitals, local and state governments, health and business organizations to improve health outcomes for people who are medically vulnerable. While our approach is community-based and local, collectively, we are indeed the backbone of the nation’s primary care system.
Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics is Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and is a non-profit healthcare organization. We provide quality, affordable medical, dental and behavioral health care regardless of ability to pay.
To donate, visit our website at: www.sbclinics.org/donate
To learn more about National Health Center Week and the listing of events please visit: www.healthcenterweek.org.
SBNC provides high quality, comprehensive, affordable healthcare to all people, regardless of their ability to pay, in an environment that fosters respect, compassion and dignity.=