Health Center Program: Impact and Growth

Over its more than 50 year history, the Health Center Program has grown from two health centers to nearly 1,400 health centers operating approximately 12,000 service delivery sites in every U.S. state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Pacific Basin.

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Health centers deliver care to the Nation’s most vulnerable populations, and now, more than ever, the Nation’s veterans.

More than 28 million people – 1 in 12 nationwide – rely on a HRSA-funded health center for affordable, accessible primary health care, including:

  • One in nine children 17 years or younger nationwide
  • One in five people living in rural communities
  • One in three people living in poverty nationwide
  • More than 385,000 veterans

More than 28 million people rely on a HRSA-funded health center for care, including: 1 in 12 people, 1 in 9 children, 1 in 5 rural residents, 1 in 3 living in poverty, more than 385K veterans, more than 800K served at school-based health centers, nearly 1M agricultural workers, about 4.5 M living in or near public housing


Since 2000, the number of patients served at HRSA-funded health centers has nearly tripled. 2000: 9.8M, 2018: 28.3M


1NCHS Data Brief. Hypertension Prevalence and Control Among Adults. No. 220, November 2015.
2National Committee for Quality Assurance, The State of Health Care Quality (2015)
3 Laiteerapong, Neda et al. “Health Care Utilization and Receipt of Preventive Care for Patients Seen at Federally Funded Health Centers Compared to Other Sites of Primary Care.” Health Services Research 49.5 (2014): 1498–1518.
4 Nocon, Robert S. et al. “Health Care Use and Spending for Medicaid Enrollees in Federally Qualified Health Centers Versus Other Primary Care Settings.” American Journal of Public Health, 2016 Nov; 106(11):1981-1989.

Date Last Reviewed:  August 2019