Community Health Centers serve the primary health care needs of more than 22 million patients in over 9,000 locations across the United States. Health centers play a crucial role during tough economic times, providing affordable health services for millions of uninsured and newly jobless Americans. Health centers provide a unique and comprehensive approach to health care that saves money, improves patient health, and creates good local jobs in the communities that they serve.
Community Health Centers save money every time an uninsured patient opts for an exam and treatment at the first sign of a health issue instead of waiting until a costly Emergency Room visit is the only option. Health centers also save money for Americans looking for work whose families could otherwise face poor health without care, or piles of medical debt.
Each health center takes a unique approach to meet the needs of the people in the surrounding community. That local approach to health care, combined with an innovative emphasis on comprehensive preventative care, generates $24 billion in annual savings to the health care system – to taxpayers 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.