WHAT IS A COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER?

Community Health Centers (CHCs) are non-profit, community-based, and patient-directed organizations that deliver comprehensive, culturally competent, high-quality primary health care services. CHCs also often integrate access to pharmacy, mental health, substance use disorder, and oral health services in areas where economic, geographic, or cultural barriers limit access to affordable health care services. Anybody can receive care at a CHC. 

 

Health Center Program Fundamentals:

  • Deliver high quality, culturally competent, comprehensive primary care, as well as supportive services such as health education, translation, and transportation that promote access to health care.

  • Provide services regardless of patients’ ability to pay and charge for services on a sliding fee scale.

  • Operate under the direction of patient-majority governing boards of autonomous community-based organizations. These include public and private non-profit organizations and tribal and faith-based organizations.

  • Develop systems of patient-centered and integrated care that respond to the unique needs of diverse medically underserved areas and populations.

  • Meet requirements regarding administrative, clinical, and financial operations

  • Provide highly efficient and cost-effective care, generating $24 billion in savings for the health care system annually.
     

  • Increase access to timely primary care, playing a role in reducing costly, avoidable emergency department (ED) visits and hospital stays. The average cost for a health center medical visit was less than one-sixth the average cost of an ED visit in 2012.
     

  • Deliver a broad array of primary and preventive care services, including screening, diagnosis and management of chronic illnesses such as diabetes, asthma, heart and lung disease, depression, cancer and HIV/AIDS.
     

  • Reduce mortality, health disparities and risk of low birth weight with the care they deliver.
     

  • Offer numerous enabling services such as transportation, translation, case management and health education in order to ensure their patients are receiving the care they need.

 
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