Bureau of Primary Health Care

The Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) funds health centers in underserved communities, providing access to high quality, family oriented, comprehensive primary and preventive health care for people who are low-income, uninsured or face other obstacles to getting health care.

Health Center Program

For over 50 years, health centers have provided high quality preventive and primary health care to patients regardless of their ability to pay. Approximately 1 in 14 people in the U.S. relies on a HRSA-funded health center for medical care.

Over 1,300 health centers operate approximately 9,000 service delivery sites in every U.S. state, D.C., Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the Pacific Basin; these health centers employ more than 170,000 staff who provide care for nearly 23 million patients. For millions of Americans, including some of the most vulnerable individuals and families, health centers are the essential medical home where they find services that promote health, diagnose and treat disease and disability, and help them cope with environmental challenges that put them at risk. 

Learn more about the Health Center Program.

Last Reviewed: March 2016

Did You Know?

  • Health centers cared for nearly 23 million patients last year.
  • Health centers care for 1 in 10 children in the U.S. and 1 in 7 people living in poverty.
  • 98% of health centers use Electronic Health Records.
  • Two-thirds of health centers have been designated as patient centered medical homes, which means they emphasize care coordination and communication to improve quality, lower costs, and enhance both the patient and provider experience.