National Health Center Week

August 9-15 #NHCW15

Celebrating 50 years of increasing Access to Affordable, Cost Effective, High Quality Care

For the last 50 years, community health centers have delivered comprehensive, high-quality preventive and primary health care to patients regardless of their ability to pay. In 1965, the Health Center Program started with just two clinics—today, there are over 1,300 health centers serving nearly 23 million medically underserved individuals. 

In 50 years, community health centers have become the provider of choice for essential primary care services for millions of Americans, including some of the nation’s most vulnerable populations. By overcoming geographic, linguistic, cultural and socioeconomic barriers to care, health centers provide a medical home to one in fourteen people living in the United States. 

Health centers nationwide are meeting some of the highest standards of care. In 2014, 98% of all health centers met or exceeded at least one national benchmark goal for quality of care. As they have been for the past 50 years, health centers are leaders in improving the health of millions of people in thousands of communities across the nation.


This infographic describes the growth in the health center program over the past 50 years, and the current status in 2015.

(Download print version of the National Health Center Week 2015 Infographic PDF -7.2 MB)

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HHS Announces Additional $169 Million in ACA Funding for Health Centers

View all FY2015 New Access Point awards by state.

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The Health Center Program: Serving America's Communities 
for 50 Years

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