What are Community Health Centers?
Community health centers (CHCs) are not-for-profit health care practices that provide comprehensive, patient-centered primary care. Unlike most doctor's offices, community health centers care for people in federally-designated medically under-served areas and populations, providing appropriate, necessary services with fees adjusted based on patients’ ability to pay, providing coordinated primary and preventive services that promote reductions in health disparities for low‐income individuals, racial and ethnic minorities, rural communities and other vulnerable populations.
Governed by a board, a majority of which includes health center patients, CHCs are woven into the fabric of their communities, helping people overcome barriers to care by providing a comprehensive array of enabling services that a typical private practice physician would not, such as transportation, translation, case management, health education, WIC programs, and more.
For 50 years, North Carolina's community health centers have been a cornerstone of our state's health care safety net. But, CHCs cannot survive without continued community support. Your voice matters! Join us as we educate ourselves, our neighbors, family, friends and our lawmakers about the successes of community health centers. Together we can raise awareness and gain support for policies that make it easy for CHCs' to care for their patients, and serve even more of North Carolina's vulnerable communities.
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