Amended in Assembly August 8, 2016

California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

House ResolutionNo. 60

Introduced by Assembly Member Arambula

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(Coauthors: Assembly Members Achadjian, Alejo, Travis Allen, Atkins, Baker, Bigelow, Bloom, Bonilla, Bonta, Brown, Burke, Calderon, Campos, Chau, Chávez, Chiu, Chu, Cooley, Cooper, Dababneh, Daly, Dodd, Eggman, Frazier, Beth Gaines, Gallagher, Cristina Garcia, Eduardo Garcia, Gatto, Gipson, Gomez, Gonzalez, Gordon, Hadley, Harper, Holden, Irwin, Jones-Sawyer, Kim, Lackey, Levine, Linder, Lopez, Low, Maienschein, Mathis, Mayes, Medina, Melendez, Mullin, Nazarian, Obernolte, O'Donnell, Patterson, Quirk, Rendon, Rodriguez, Salas, Santiago, Steinorth, Mark Stone, Thurmond, Ting, Wagner, Weber, Wilk, Williams, and Wood)

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August 1, 2016

House Resolution No. 60—Relative to National Health Center Week.

P1    1WHEREAS, Community clinics and health centers are at the
2core of the nation’s health care safety net, serving anyone and
3everyone who walks through their doors, regardless of ability to
4pay, and are the medical homes for more than 23 million needy
5and uninsured patients; and

6WHEREAS, According to multiple government, academic, and
7private studies, community clinics and health centers have proven
8to be the most cost-effective health care providers in the field,
9saving nearly $24 billion annually by keeping patients out of
10costlier health care settings, such as emergency rooms; and

P2    1WHEREAS, Community clinics and health centers are private,
2nonprofit corporations. The majority of their boards of directors,
3by law, must be their patients and consumers, and their services
4are funded primarily through public programs such as Medicaid,
5federal grants, and state initiatives; and

6WHEREAS, Community clinics and health centers employ more
7than 6,590 medical, dental, and behavioral health providers as part
8of a multidisciplinary clinical team designed to treat the whole
9patient by coordinating care and managing chronic disease, while
10at the same time reducing unnecessary, avoidable, and wasteful
11use of health resources; and

12WHEREAS, Community clinics and health centers in California
13and throughout the nation have led the movement for a fair and
14equitable health care system, treating medically underserved
15populations in medically underserved areas by reaching into the
16inner city and the most rural and geographically isolated
17communities; and

18WHEREAS, In California, nearly six million low-income
19families, children, seniors, women, non-English speakers, people
20of color, and homeless individuals currently receive comprehensive
21primary care services at over 1,100 community clinics and health
22centers throughout the state; and

23WHEREAS, Primary care at California community clinics and
24health centers involves a wide range of services, including
25preventive care, chronic disease management, well child, dental,
26pharmaceutical, immunization, mental health, substance abuse,
27breast cancer, nutrition, family planning, and pregnancy-related
28services, all of which are provided with particular sensitivity to
29language and cultural competency; and

30WHEREAS, California’s community clinics and health centers
31have the major responsibility of providing health care services to
32the state’s most disadvantaged families and individuals, and are
33serving over three million Californians enrolled in Medi-Cal, as
34well as two million persons who remain uninsured; and

35WHEREAS, California’s and the nation’s community clinics
36and health centers deserve to be recognized and acknowledged for
37their valuable services to their communities and the state, their
38cost-effective delivery of primary health care services to the most
39vulnerable populations, and their leadership in working for fair
40and equitable health care reform; and

P3    1WHEREAS, National Health Center Week offers the opportunity
2to recognize America’s health centers, their dedicated staff and
3board members, and all those responsible for the continued success
4and growth of the program since its creation over 50 years ago.
5During National Health Center Week, the legacy of America’s
6health centers and their vital role in shaping the future of America’s
7health care system is celebrated; now, therefore, be it

8Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, That the
9Assembly hereby joins in proclaiming the week of August 7 to
10August 13, 2016, inclusive, as National Health Center Week in
11California; and be it further

12Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies
13of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.