National Health Center Week 2017
August 13-19 #NHCW17
Celebrating More than 50 Years of Increasing Access to Affordable, Cost Effective, and High Quality Care
For more than 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 nearly 1,400 health centers, which operate approximately 10,400 delivery sites, across the country serving nearly 26 million people.
This National Health Center Week, HRSA’s Bureau of Primary Health Care recognizes community health centers across our country and their important work to protect and promote the health of America. To the thousands of providers and staff who dedicate their lives to helping patients access quality health care, we thank you for making a difference in your communities.
Improving Health Care Quality
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded nearly $105 million to 1,333 health centers in all U.S. states, territories, and the District of Columbia as an investment in quality improvement, building upon their 2016 achievements. Health centers will use these funds to improve the quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of the health care delivered to the communities they serve. Read more about the Quality Improvement Award announcement.
Health Center Program
Community health centers are the provider of choice for essential primary care services for some of the nation’s most vulnerable populations. Health centers provide a medical home to many people facing geographic, linguistic, cultural, and socioeconomic barriers to care.
Health centers meet some of the highest standards of care. Almost all health centers meet or exceed at least one national benchmark goal for quality of care. As they have been for more than 50 years, health centers are leaders in improving the health of millions of people in communities across the nation.
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Blog post by HHS Secretary Thomas E. Price, M.D.:
Here’s What’s So Great about Community Health Centers
Blog post by HRSA Administrator Dr. Sigounas:
Celebrating America’s Health Centers: The Key to Healthier Communities
HRSA Health Center Program Factsheet (PDF - 227 KB)
Broad Impact of Health Centers (PDF – 2.5 MB)
Special Populations Served by Health Centers (PDF – 100 KB)
Mental Health Services at Health Centers (PDF – 126 KB)
Health Centers Serving Veterans (PDF – 77 KB)
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