The second week of August each year is dedicated to recognizing the service and contributions of Community, Migrant, Homeless and Public Housing Health Centers in providing access to affordable, high quality, cost-effective health care to medically vulnerable and underserved people in the U.S. "Celebrating America's Health Centers: Serving Locally, Leading Nationally" is our theme for National Health Center Week 2011. This theme highlights the more than 45 year record of Health Centers in providing affordable, high quality, cost-effective health care to all people, regardless of ability to pay. Each year Health Center Week also sets aside three days to focus on special populations who are often left outside of the mainstream health care system. America's Health Centers now serve over 20 million people (including 925,000 farmworkers and nearly 940,000 people who are homeless) in 7,000 communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam.
The mission of MarbleRoad is to connect people who have complex illnesses with the resources they need to help them improve their lives. A complex illness can be persistent and substantially disabling or life threatening, and requires treatments and services across a variety of domains of care to ensure the best possible outcomes for each unique patient. MarbleRoad focuses on rare or undiagnosed diseases and the needs of community health center patients who seek specialty care services not offered by their primary care providers. MarbleRoad utilizes a campaign called IndieMatch to raise funds to support its mission. IndieMatch seeks to develop strategic partnerships between independent artists and musicians to support philanthropic opportunities. These relationships expose artists to new audiences, increase the value of their work by attracting collectors who are interested in supporting a cause, and build stronger, healthier communities by allowing mission driven organizations to be less reliant on grant support.