Community Health Centers: Healthy Families and a Stronger Texas

Lubbock Mayor Tom Martin recognizes Linda McMurry, MSN, R.N., director of operations at the Larry Combest Community Health and Wellness Center. Photo credit: Amanda Reeves

Lubbock Mayor Tom Martin recognizes Linda McMurry, MSN, R.N., director of operations at the Larry Combest Community Health and Wellness Center. Photo credit: Amanda Reeves

In honor of National Health Center Week 2011, the Lubbock City Council and Lubbock Mayor Tom Martin recognized the Larry Combest Community Health and Wellness Center for providing quality health care to underserved Lubbock residents.

"We are honored to have our clinic highlighted for the quality services we provided to a vast number of the community. National Health week is about strengthen the community and educating the community on prevention," said Michelle Hunter, M.Ed, BS, with Marketing and Community Outreach for the Combest Center. "Health centers are strong partnerships of people, governments and communities who work together to meet the unique and diverse health conditions of the community."

America’s health centers, like the Combest Center, provide affordable, high-quality, cost-effective health care to more than 20 million underserved people in 7,000 communities in the U.S., D.C., Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam.

More than 45.7 million people in the U.S. have no health insurance coverage, according to the National Association of Community Health Centers. In addition, an estimated 25 million Americans were underinsured in 2007 because their insurance did not provide adequate financial protection. Half of uninsured Americans have no regular source of care.

The Combest Center is a Federally Qualified Health Center serving Lubbock and the surrounding areas. The Nurse Managed Center specializes in primary care and management of chronic diseases like diabetes, asthma, hypertension and obesity for all ages. Nurse practitioners, family medicine physicians and pediatricians care for patients.

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