U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-Aurora) today gave remarks at the 30th annual celebration of “National Health Center Week.” In his comments, Coffman recognized the commitment Metro Community Health Provider Network (MCPN) has made to provide health care services to vulnerable and underserved patients in the Denver metro area.
This year’s theme for National Health Center Week is, “Celebrating America’s Health Centers: Innovators in Community Health.” The ceremony took place at North Aurora Family Health Services, a MCPN clinic located at 3292 Peoria Street, in Aurora.
“I’m a big fan of MCPN and all it does for so many in our community. MCPN is really the safety net for our uninsured and underinsured neighbors because it is their point of access for affordable primary health care,” Coffman said.
In recognition of the National Health Center Week (August 7-13), MCPN hosted a community health fair at its North Aurora Family Health Services clinic and provided free oral health exams, mammograms, and information on preventative health.
Also participating in MCPN’s community health fair was the American Cancer Society, Arapahoe County Early Childhood Council, Arapahoe House, Aurora Community Connections, Aurora Mental Health Center, Aurora Public Libraries, Aurora Public Schools, Mile High Behavioral Healthcare, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Henry Schein, Connect for Health Colorado, Children’s Hospital, Quest Diagnostics, and Tri-County Health. MCPN received a sponsorship for their event from the National Association of Community Health Centers.
“I will continue to be a voice in Washington for our community health care clinics because I am so impressed with all that MCPN and our other community health centers do,” said Coffman, who in March 2016 was honored with the Distinguished Community Health Advocate Award by the National Association of Community Health Centers for his work in supporting continued federal funding for their work.
“We are so excited that Congressman Coffman could join us in celebrating one of the Community Health Centers in his district during National Health Center Week,” said Dave Myers, President and CEO of MCPN.
Last year MCPN had 43,344 patients with 279,000 patient visits providing cardiovascular, diabetes, weight management, dental, mental health, substance abuse, and preventative care.
MCPN takes all forms of health insurance to include Medicaid and Medicare as well as charge for their services on a sliding scale for anyone without health care coverage.