About Health Centers

Community Health Centers are consumer-driven and patient-centered organizations that serve as a comprehensive and cost effective primary health care option for America's most underserved communities. Health centers increase access to health care and provide integrated services based on the unique needs of the  communities they serve.


There are four key components that define health centers & help them reach America's most underserved communities

Located in Areas
of High Need

Designated as medically underserved areas or populations by the federal government


Set of Services

Based on community needs, health centers offer  medical, dental, vision, behavioral health, and enabling services

Open to Everyone

Regardless of insurance status or ability to pay, and offer sliding fee scale options to low-income patients


Patient-Majority Governing Boards

At least 51% of every health center's governing board must be made up of patients

Value of Community Health Centers

This video showcases the value of Community Health Centers as providers that reach beyond the walls of the exam room to build healthy communities. Health centers help increase access to crucial primary care by reducing barriers such as cost, lack of insurance, distance, and language for their patients. In doing so, health centers generate substantial benefits and cost savings to the nation's health care system.

Health Centers Reach Into America's Most Underserved Communities

Million Patients
CHCs Save
Billion Annually
CHCs Employ
Thousand FTEs
Patients Visits
Million Annually