The first Community Health Centers (also called Federally Qualified Health Centers or FQHCs) were established in the U.S. more than 50 years ago by community residents and health care providers who believed that everyone should have access to quality health care no matter who they are, where they live or their ability to pay. The health center movement they launched brought doctors and health care services into medically underserved areas all across the country.
National Health Center Week is an annual celebration to share the mission and accomplishments of America’s health centers over the past five decades. Nearly 1,400 health centers operating more than 10,400 sites in communities across the nation are funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration through grants and funding efforts. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1 in 12 people across every U.S. state and territory rely on health centers as their source of health care. For more information, toolkits and ideas, visit the National Health Center Week website.
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