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Bureau of Primary Health Care

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

Health Center Program

For more than 55 years, health centers have provided high quality preventive and primary health care to patients regardless of their ability to pay. One in 11 people in the U.S. relies on a HRSA-funded health center for medical care.

Nearly 1,400 health centers operate approximately 13,500 service delivery sites in every U.S. state, D.C., Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Pacific Basin. In 2020, health centers employed more than 255,000 full-time staff and provided care for nearly 29 million people.

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.

Date Last Reviewed:  November 2021