National Health Center Week 2019

August 4-10 #NHCW19

America’s Health Centers: Rooted in Communities

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 12,000 delivery sites, across the country serving over 28 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 more than 235,000 providers and staff who dedicate their lives to helping patients access quality, value-based health care, we thank you for making a difference in your communities.

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. For example, in 2018, 93% of health centers met or exceeded Healthy People 2020 goals for one or more clinical measures, and 99% of health centers and improved on one or more clinical quality measure. Additionally, HRSA Health Center Program patient outcomes exceed national averages in key chronic disease management measures:

  • 67% of health center patients with diabetes controlled their blood sugar levels (HbA1c ≤ 9%), exceeding the national average of 60% (National Committee for Quality Assurance, The State of Health Care Quality. Diabetes Care, 2017).
  • 63% of health center patients with hypertension controlled their blood pressure, exceeding the national average of 57% (National Committee for Quality Assurance, The State of Health Care Quality. Controlling for High Blood Pressure, 2017).

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. During this year’s National Health Center Week, we celebrate the thousands of health center providers and staff who are rooted in America’s Communities.

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

Date Last Reviewed:  August 2019

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