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      Founder awarded community health leadership

      Albany Area Primary Health Care (AAPHC) founder, Mirian Worthy, has been awarded the Daily Point of Light Award for her leadership in developing the Community Health Center in Albany, Georgia. / Albany Area Primary Health Care

      Albany Area Primary Health Care (AAPHC) founder, Mirian Worthy, has been awarded the Daily Point of Light Award for her leadership in developing the Community Health Center in Albany, Georgia. The Daily Point of Light Award is given to individuals who contribute to their communities through volunteerism, making an impact and working to address their community's needs. During National Health Center Week 2013 (NHCW), Daily Point of Light will recognize one volunteer a day who has given of their time to improve the lives of the residents served by Community Health Centers.

      Mrs. Worthy's efforts to build what is now AAPHC began in the late 1970's. Realizing the Community Health Center model of care would address the unmet health needs in Southwest Georgia, Worthy launched the process of opening a health centerĂ¢"preparing grants, submitting proposals, forming a board and engaging local citizens and community leaders to support her mission. Today, that vision has resulted in 14 health care delivery sites that provide primary care, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, and general dentistry services to all regardless of ability to pay.

      "Mrs. Worthy's passion and dedication to the medically underserved in Southwest Georgia is an enduring legacy in her community," said Tary L. Brown, CEO of AAPHC, "AAPHC today proudly services over 33,000 people a year thanks to her vision and spirit."

      A weeklong (August 11-17) celebration, NHCW celebrates the mission and accomplishments of America's Health Centers as local solutions for affordable and accessible health care. In existence for over 45 years and serving more than 22 million people nationwide, Community Health Centers are a bright spot in America's health care system and have compiled a significant record of success by:

      Reducing income and ethnic health disparities nationwide, even in the poorest and most challenged communities

      Producing $24 billion in annual health system savings

      Reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and unnecessary visits to the ER

      Generating a system of preventive medicine that patients use regularly to stay healthy, thus saving lives.

      In health centers across the country volunteers come in many forms including serving as board members or as part of the AmeriCorps Community HealthCorps program, VISTA, and as youth volunteers. These volunteers perform a variety of activities that help health centers better serve their patients and enrich the community. During NHCW volunteers often help staff and promote community activities and events.

      To discover more information on the services provided by Albany Area Primary Health Care, Inc., visit www.aaphc.org.

      To learn more about Daily Points of Light or nominate a volunteer, visit www.pointsoflight.org/dailypointoflight.

      To find out more about National Health Center Week, visit www.healthcenterweek.org.

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