Martin Luther King Jr. Day is an annual federal holiday that celebrates a civil rights leader and movement that challenged racial segregation and inequality.
Dr. King believed that “Ultimately a great nation is a compassionate nation. No individual or nation can be great if it does not have a concern for ‘the least of these’.”
Respect for human dignity, social responsibility, and patient-centered are all CHAS Health core values that closely align with that statement. In fact, the very concept of the Federally Qualified Health Center was born as part of the civil rights movement in the 1960s.
CHAS Health is proud of its origin which is rooted in this movement.
Community Health Centers as a model in the United States were officially established in the 1960s as part of the “War on Poverty” program, with the goal of providing health and social service to underserved and disenfranchised populations.
CHAS Health was founded in 1994 with this goal at the heart of its mission and has continued striving to expand access and improve the quality of care for our patients.
As we mark another celebration of his life, CHAS Health will be pausing clinical operations for the day (Monday, January 20th). We hope you join us in honoring Dr. King in whatever way you see fit. Folks who live in Spokane are welcome to check out the MLK Unity March & Resource fair.