AxessPointe Community Health Centers will hold a series of events to mark National Health Center Week 2018.

These events are part of a national campaign during the week of Aug. 12-18 to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s Health Centers and the dedicated staff who bring health care to the medically underserved.

The events for the week occur throughout Summit and Portage counties, and are as follows:

Monday: Lake Anna YMCA in Barberton. From 8 to 10 a.m. free health screenings for seniors will be taking place. There will also be healthy snacks.

Tuesday: Joy Park Community Center in Akron. AxessPointe is hosting the Second Annual Community Health Fair from 3 to 6 p.m. There will be a cookout, free health screenings, games and soap box derby mini-cars from the International Soap Box Derby for kids.

Wednesday: University (Hope) Academy in Akron. This joint event with University Academy will include a BBQ, free health screenings and care packets for the homeless.

Aug. 16: Each of AxessPointe’s clinics will have giveaways and raffle baskets during their normal business hours.

Aug. 17: Kent Social Services in Kent. During the hot meal time, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., AxessPointe will be providing free health screenings and dental education.

Aug. 18: North Hill Exchange House in Akron. From 2 to 7 p.m. free health screenings will be taking place.

AxessPointe is part of a nationwide network of health centers that serve more than 27 million Americans. Health centers have compiled a significant record of success that includes: producing $24 billion in annual health system savings; reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and unnecessary visits to the emergency room; treating patients for a fraction of the average cost of one emergency room visit; maintaining patient satisfaction levels of nearly 100 percent; serving more than one in six Medicaid beneficiaries for less than two percent of the national Medicaid budget; and lowering the cost of children’s primary care by approximately 35 percent

The heroes who work at health centers and help make affordable health care possible for people in need are at the center of this year’s NHCW.

More than 205,000 people work at health centers in positions that include clinicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, dentists and dental hygienists, behavioral health specialists and much more.

Working together, these health care heroes produce innovative solutions to the most pressing health care issues in their communities. They reach beyond the walls of conventional medicine to address the factors that may cause sickness, such as lack of nutrition, mental illness, homelessness and substance use disorders.

It is their work that has helped reduce health care costs and reduce chronic disease, generating a record of success and along with it a long tradition of bipartisan support in Congress.

AxessPointe Community Health Centers, Inc. is a federally qualified health center (FQHC) serving more than 18,500 patients in 2017 throughout Summit and Portage counties. AxessPointe has five current sites in Northeast Ohio, including three in Akron, one in Kent and one in Barberton. An FQHC is a non-profit corporation that delivers primary medical, dental and preventive health services in medically underserved areas. AxessPointe also provides pharmacy, women’s health and behavioral health services. For more information visit axesspointe.org.

To learn more about National Health Center Week and the listing of events please visit: www.healthcenterweek.org. Follow the conversation using #NHCW18 on Twitter.