National Health Center Week 2020 is here!! In the past, we have celebrated this week by hosting recognition award ceremonies and health fairs in Bridgeport and Stamford honoring dedicated staff members and patients. However, this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be hosting any in-person events. Despite that, we would still like to recognize our front line workers and offer our most heartfelt appreciation to all of our staff members who truly stepped up during this very difficult time. We believe your work during this pandemic highlights the values and benefits that Community Health Centers provide to our local communities and is line with the #NHCW2020 theme: Community Health Centers: Lighting the Way for Healthier Communities Today and in the Future.
Here at OPTIMUS, we 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, and unemployment. We are a critical piece of the health care system as we collaborate with hospitals, local and state governments, social, health, and business organizations to improve health outcomes for vulnerable populations. We are well positioned to continue to serve our communities in the safest way possible through our face to face primary care and telehealth services, providing walk-in and pop-up COVID-9 testing, and ensuring our patients can access basic necessities like food and housing resources.
While COVID-19 continues to exacerbate social and medical inequities across the country, Community Health Centers, like ourselves, have stretched themselves to reconfigure services for those in need. As unemployment rates rise and more people lose their employee-sponsored health insurance, OPTIMUS strives to remain open to provide care for all, regardless of ability to pay.
We would also like to recognize that this year has been especially challenging for those of you working on the front lines. We want to stress the need to ensure you are all taking care of yourselves and making time to prioritize your own wellness. Here are a few self-care resources we would like to share with you. Please take some time this week to enjoy:
- Guided Meditation Videos << https://healthcenterweek.org/meditation-videos >>
- Yoga Classes (easy flow and level 1) << https://healthcenterweek.org/yoga >>
- Nutrition Tips << https://healthcenterweek.org/nutrition >>
- NHCW 2020 Spotify Playlist << https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6kst7B4ObDEYU0DAm7WjCG?si=nXPj4becR5-knHRTMp4lew >>
Once again, thank you for all that you have done for OPTIMUS Health Care.
Enjoy this week!