Message from Our CEO

Shawn Frick, CEO of AACHC and CVNThank you for taking the time to visit our website! The Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers (AACHC) staff is proud of the work we do to support the delivery of integrated, quality primary healthcare for all in Arizona.

Arizona’s Community Health Centers (CHC) have a long history of providing their communities with access to quality healthcare. CHCs in rural and urban areas of Arizona see more than 700,000 patients at nearly 200 different sites each year. Our health centers are trusted members of the community, provide essential services, and are continuously on the front lines during emergency situations.

As the largest primary health care network in the state, CHCs work each day to provide coordinated care for their patients to make sure they are efficiently meeting their needs. Their wide range of services include family care, pediatric, OB/GYN, dental care, behavioral health, lab services, pharmaceutical, transportation, and much more. Taking a wholistic approach to health care delivery, CHCs provide primary and preventive care, manage chronic diseases, and help avoid expensive hospital stays. I invite you to use this website as a resource to learn more about the innovative approaches health centers are taking to answer the healthcare needs of Arizonans.

Health centers in Arizona and across the country continue to be on the front lines of our nation’s emergencies. During the COVID-19 pandemic, health center staff have provided care to their patients and quickly implemented precautions keeping everyone safe. They also deployed virtual visits and conducted COVID-19 testing for their communities. CHCs have also addressed other healthcare needs such as the opioid epidemic, the HIV pandemic, and provided resources for families facing hunger. Patients of a community health centers can rest assured their families’ healthcare needs will be met.

As the Primary Care Association, AACHC represents all health centers in the state. AACHC provides networking opportunities, technical assistance and trainings, and peer networking groups, among other benefits. Our robust policy and advocacy programs ensure the needs of our members are met. AACHC also partners with state and national organizations to enhance the work being done in our communities.

I encourage you to learn more about Arizona’s health centers.  Each is a thriving and vital piece of its community focused on improving access to care and improving the health and wellbeing of its patients.

Shawn Frick
Chief Executive Officer, AACHC & CVN