About CHCs

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Since the nation’s first health centers opened in 1965, expansion of the federally-supported health center system to over 1,400 organizations has created an affordable health care option for more than 29 million people. Health centers help increase access to crucial primary care by reducing barriers such as cost, lack of insurance, distance, and language for their patients. In doing so, health centers provide substantial benefits to the country and its health care system.

Health centers:

  • Provide highly efficient and cost-effective care, generating $24 billion in savings for the health care system annually.
  • Increase access to timely primary care, playing a role in reducing costly, avoidable emergency department (ED) visits and hospital stays. The average cost for a health center medical visit was less than one-sixth the average cost of an ED visit in 2012.
  • Deliver a broad array of primary and preventive care services, including screening, diagnosis and management of chronic illnesses such as diabetes, asthma, heart and lung disease, depression, cancer and HIV/AIDS.
  • Reduce mortality, health disparities and risk of low birth weight with the care they deliver.
  • Offer numerous enabling services such as transportation, translation, case management and health education in order to ensure their patients are receiving the care they need.


Virginia Health Center Reach:

Currently in Virginia, 30 Health Center Organizations operate more than 150 service sites, served 356,420 patients and recorded over 1.3 million patient encounters.

Economic Impact:

infographic displaying the economic impact of Health Centers and the 2,631 jobs they provide

Economic Impact of Virginia Community Health Centers:

In addition to providing health services for vulnerable populations in our communities, health centers support their local economy. They do this by spending dollars on goods and services from businesses (local and non-local) and wages/benefits for their employees.

The Total Economic Impact of Virginia’s Community Health Centers is over $459 Million!

Additionally, Virginia’s Community Health Centers provide 2,631, good paying jobs!

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