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What Is a Community Health Center?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Community Health Centers are a critically important part of our health care system in Arizona.

We currently have 21 Health Center Program Grantees and 2 Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alikes in the state.  Click here to view a list of health centers.

21 Health Center Program Grantees and 2 Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alikes cared for over 565,000 patients in 2014 and generated over $436,000,000 in economic benefits to their local communities.  Community health centers (CHCs) represent a vital source of primary care for individuals nationwide. Health centers provide prevention, treatment, and disease management delivered in family-centered, patient-governed medical homes using the most advanced care practices.  Please explore the information provided here to learn more about health centers and the quality care they provide, and find one in your neighborhood today.

Basic Overview

Community Health Centers or CHCs (also known as Health Center Program Grantees) are non-profit clinics located in medically underserved areas – both rural and urban – throughout Arizona. They share a mission of making comprehensive primary care accessible to anyone regardless of insurance status.

Federal legislation requires every Health Center Program Grantees and Look-Alikes to have a governing board that represents its community. A majority of the board members must be patients who use the health center’s services.

CHCs meet high standards of quality in providing the following to their patients:

  • Basic primary care related to family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics, or gynecology
  • Diagnostic laboratory and radiology services
  • Preventative health services including prenatal and perinatal care, immunizations, pediatric screenings, family planning services, and preventive dental care
  • Care for acute and chronic conditions
  • Pharmaceutical services as appropriate
  • Referral services
  • Patient case management, including counseling, referral, and follow-up services
  • Services that enable patients to access the health center, such as outreach, transportation, translation and interpreter services
  • For the uninsured, a sliding fee schedule that takes into account the patient’s family size and income

To find a Health Center near you, enter your zip code into the ‘Find a Health Provider’ tool at the top of this page or click here to view the map!

If your organization is interested in becoming a Health Center Program Grantee or Look-Alike, please click here.

Click here to view an infographic including data from the 2014 UDS report.