National Health Center Week (August 3th-10th) is an annual celebration with the goal of raising awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s health centers over the past five decades.

This year, the National Association of Community Health Centers and the Health Center Advocacy Network invites you to celebrate the ways that health centers are “Rooted in Communities.”



The Health Improvement Partnership (HIP) and Safety Net Clinic Coalition of Santa Cruz County (SNCC) held a health center bus tour to celebrate National Health Center Week 2018. The event was part of a national campaign during the week of August 12th-18th to raise awar...

August 15, 2017

The Health Improvement Partnership and Safety Net Clinic Coalition of Santa Cruz County (SNCC) unveiled the 5-year Impact Report 2012-2016 in a local celebration of National Health Center Week. The event featured presentations and a roundtable discussion with Safety Ne...

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In honor of the 2019

National Health Center Week celebration,

from August 3rd - 10th, the Safety Net Clinic

Coalition is hosting multiple celebratory

events, a social media campaign, and a press

release to highlight the important work of health

centers in our community.

Santa Cruz County has an incredible network of

highly skilled health organizations which support

thousands of residents along the Central

Californian coast, extending from Santa Cruz to

Watsonville to Monterey.


This year’s NHCW theme is

Rooted in Communities: A local collection of Health

Center Stories. Local health centers will join the national celebration by hosting the following events and activities:


  • Saturday, August 3rdGive Seniors a Smile Day - Senior Dental Care Advocacy

  • Sunday, August, 4thSocial Determinants Day (Creating Nutrient-Rich Soil)

    • Moving Health Care Upstream video hosted by: Salud Para La Gente which can be found on Salud’s website and social media

  • Monday, August 5thHomeless Persons' Health Project (HPHP) Clinic

    • Open House hosted by: Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency

  • Monday, August 5thSenior Dental Care Advocacy

    • Guest Commentary in Sentinel: Dientes Community Dental

  • Wednesday, August 7thPatient Appreciation Day

    • Special Food Distribution Event hosted by: Santa Cruz Community Health Centers

  • Thursday, August 8thKSQD Radio Interviews

    • Three Live Interviews with Health Center Leaders on KSQD hosted by: United Way of Santa Cruz County

  • Friday, August 16thThe Health Matters publication

    • Sentinel article by Tara Walker highlighting the importance of eye care. The article includes care tips and features Plaza Lane Optometry and Salud Para La Gente optometry services.

  • Saturday, September 14thCommunity Appreciation

    • 40th Community Appreciation Event hosted by: Salud Para La Gente

      • 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at 204 East Beach Street, Watsonville, CA 95076


These events aim to showcase the various services that health centers provide to maintain high-quality care, improve access, and increase awareness of the social determinants of health which affect all community members.


To gain further insight on the work health centers do to serve our community, please visit HIP’s website. Also, check out the 5-Year Impact Report from NHCW 2017, as well as last year’s NCHW 2018 Bus Tour Event.


To learn more about NHCW and the listing of events, please visit You can also follow the conversation using #ValueCHCs or #NHCW19 on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook! Santa Cruz County will join thousands of communities across the nation to recognize and celebrate the innovative work of health centers.