Health Center Fact Sheets

Community Health Centers serve as the primary medical home for millions of people in rural and urban communities across America. These community-based “family doctors” enjoy longstanding bipartisan support by administrations and policymakers at all levels, as well as in both the private and public sectors. Today, there are over 1,200 Community Health Centers serving more than 27 million people at over 10,000 sites located throughout all 50 states and U.S. territories. Every day, health centers meet escalating health needs and bring good health to people without regard to family income, health insurance status, race, culture or health condition. In communities fortunate enough to have a health center, fewer babies die, emergency room lines are shorter and people live longer, healthier lives.

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 serve everyone regardless of ability to pay or insurance status. They increase access to health care and provide integrated care services based on the unique needs of the communities they serve. Health centers deliver value to and have a significant impact on America’s healthcare system.

They also:

  • Serve as the health care home for more than 27 million patients in over 10,000 communities across the country;
  • Reduce health care costs and produce savings – on average, health centers save 24% per Medicaid patient when compared to other providers;
  • Integrate critical medical and social services such as oral health, mental health, substance abuse, case management, and translation, under one roof;
  • Employ over 200,000 people and generate over $45 billion in total economic activity in some of the nation’s most distressed communities;
  • Serve on the front lines of public health crises and natural disasters; and
  • Provide care to 1.3 million homeless patients and more than 330,000 veterans.

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Beginning for fiscal year 2018, HRSA added a statement in its health center funding opportunity notice reminding applicants that they are required to have the necessary policies, procedures, and financial controls in place to ensure compliance with all legal requirements and restrictions applicable to the receipt of federal funding, including restrictions on the use of federal funds for prohibited abortions. The statement notes that the effectiveness of these policies, procedures, and controls is subject to audit. To read the Government Accountability Office report, click here.

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