National Health Center Week

August 7-13 #NHCW16

Celebrating Over 50 Years of Increasing Access to Affordable, Cost Effective, and High Quality Care

For over 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 across the country serving millions of medically underserved individuals.


Health Center Program

Community health centers have become the provider of choice for essential primary care services for millions of Americans, including 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 nationwide are meeting 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 over 50 years, health centers are leaders in improving the health of millions of people in communities across the nation.

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Date Last Reviewed:  June 2017