NEW CANTON — Three area health centers are hosting events to celebrate National Health Center Week. The events are all 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. All three health centers will host community health fairs at various locations.

The first event will be hosted by Petersburg Health Care Alliance (PHCA) from noon to 4 p.m. on Aug. 13 at the health center located at 541 S. Sycamore Street in Petersburg. Appomattox Area Health and Wellness Center (AAHWC) will host its fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 14 at Pecan Acres Estates in the community room located at 433 Pecan Drive in Petersburg. The last event will be hosted by Hopewell-Prince George Community Health Center (HPG) from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 17 at the health center located at 4260 Crossings Boulevard in Prince George. Activities will vary by location, but will include free health screenings, refreshments, health information, activities for adults and kids, and more.

PHCA, AAHWC, and HPG are all part of Central Virginia Health Services (CVHS), a non-profit community health center- Virginia’s oldest community health center. Services vary by location and include medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, and case management. Along with other health care safety net providers, the health centers play a key role in the community’s health. The health centers accept most insurance plans and offer an income-based discount for services for low-income families.

The individuals 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.

To learn more about National Health Center Week and the listing of events, visit www.healthcenterweek.org.