Happy National Health Center Week! Each year, NHCW is celebrated with a particular theme, and 2018’s theme is Celebrating Health Care Heroes.
In the study of mythology, the hero’s journey often provides the framework for understanding a story. Most of us are familiar with the general concept, whether we know it from novels, Star Wars and Marvel movies, or myths and stories from our own cultures. In the classic journey, our hero hears the call to action and responds, meets mentors and faces tests along the way, and returns, transformed, to her or his community. While it isn’t universal, the concept of the hero’s journey can be found in stories across many times and places because it resonates across many cultures and with many human experiences.
The health center movement arose during a time of great social change, which called together a diverse group of people to align and advocate for political, social, and economic justice. Health centers share their roots with major advances in civil rights, women’s rights, education reform, and more, and is part of a greater movement toward justice and equity.
The people who work at health centers, including in Central City Concern’s health center sites, are called to join this movement for many reasons...
The people who work at health centers, including in Central City Concern’s (CCC) health center sites, are called to join this movement for many reasons, as you’ll hear about from some of CCC’s own Health Center Heroes over the coming week. The work tests us in ways large and small, against obstacles both external and internal: long days providing care, navigating complex bureaucracy to help a patient get benefits, challenging our own assumptions, advocating for policy change. Along the way, we learn from those who have come before us and grow alongside our teams: health center work changes our community for the better, and it also changes us.
Over the following week, you’ll have the opportunity to get to know some of CCC’s own heroes—all of them nominated as Health Care Heroes by their colleagues—and to learn more about their journeys. If this is the first time you’re celebrating NHCW with Central City Concern, check out our posts from NHCW 2015, profiling some of the incredible staff who work here; NHCW 2016, recognizing some of our most innovative programs; and NHCW 2017, celebrating how CCC brings care into our community.
Chief Clinical Operations Officer