There are 1202 community health centers in the U.S. as of 2013, a number that has grown by 75% since 2003. The number of patient visits to these health centers has seen similar growth, reaching 85.6 million patient visits in 2013.
Want to learn more about community health centers, including federally qualified health centers? The National Association of Community Health Centers has published a chart book providing statistics grouped into these categories:
- Who health centers service
- Health center growth
- Access to care
- Preventive services
- High quality care and reducing health disparities
- Cost-effective care and economic impact
- Health centers’ financial health
- Remaining challenges and unmet needs.
Source: A sketch of community health centers: chart book. National Association of Community Health Centers, Dec. 2014. http://nachc.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Chartbook_December_2014.pdf
Community health centers: past, present, and future; building on 50 years of success. National Association of Community Health Centers, Mar. 2015. https://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.ncchca.org/resource/resmgr/Advocacy_and_Outreach/P-Paper_CHC_Past_Present_Fut.pdf
What is a health center? Find a health center. Bureau of Primary Health Care, Health Research and Services Administration, accessed July 21, 2015 at http://bphc.hrsa.gov/about/
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