Community Health Centers serve the primary healthcare needs of over 24 million patients in over 9,000 locations across America. They play a crucial role in the nation’s healthcare system, providing affordable health services for one in 14 Americans – including low-income working families, the medically underserved and high-risk and vulnerable populations. America’s Health Centers are good for the entire country. They lower overall healthcare costs, improve the health of the people they serve, and generate economic opportunities in their communities by providing jobs and training for local residents and stimulating business activity.
Healthcare savings are created every time a Health Center patient opts for an exam and treatment at the first sign of a health issue, instead of waiting until costly emergency room treatment visit or hospitalization becomes their only option.
Each Health Center takes a tailored approach to meet the diverse needs of their patients and communities as a whole. This local approach to healthcare, combined with an emphasis on comprehensive primary and preventative care, generates $24 billion in annual savings to the healthcare system for the American taxpayer; local, state, and federal governments; and public and private payers alike.
“Our Story” (Long version)
“What is a Community Health Center?” (Short version)
“Careers” (The benefits of working at a Health Center)
For more health center stories, please visit The RCHN Foundation/George Washington University's website, Chronicles.