By Micah Clemens
The Zanesville Times Recorder in Central Ohio highlighted a compelling argument about why Community Health Center funding is important: keeping and creating local jobs. Currently the Muskingum Valley Health Centers in Zanesville, OH serve over 17,000 patients in the area, and they are opening a new facility with 46 exam rooms later this month.
With unemployment rates in their area above 12 percent, the editors summed up the positive employment effects that health centers have in their communities:
…without community health centers here and elsewhere, unemployment numbers likely would be higher. When people are not healthy, they are not working. When they are not working, they are not contributing to society.
Continued funding of these facilities is in everyone’s best interest and health.