HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A proclamation recognized National Health Center Week 2016 at the Hattiesburg Family Health Center Wednesday.
State and local officials attended the press conference, and Valerie Arnold, assistant to the mayor, was the guest speaker.
The national week runs Monday through Friday and is a healthcare observance led by the National Association of Community Health Centers.
According to a press release, the week honors a long record of cost effective, high quality and accessible care by Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative, Inc.
"Health centers are places that people can go for health care regardless of insurance status, with or without the ability to pay," said Will Harvey, outreach coordinator for SeMRHI. "We're here so everybody has someplace that they can go. That's why health center were created, it's to make sure patients have someway to get primary care."
Several community events will be hosted by the Southeast MS Rural Health Initiative including free medical screenings.
There are 17 of these rural health centers in south Mississippi.
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