Community Health Centers make up the largest network of primary care providers in America. Over 28 million Americans including more than 230,000 Oklahomans are served by CHCs each year.
“Without our local health center, we would have to drive nearly an hour for care.
We’re thankful for the entire medical team for truly caring about our experience and health.”
What makes CHCs different?
In order to address the root causes of poor health, CHCs offer a one-stop-shop of integrated services under one roof like medical, dental, behavioral, vision, transportation, case management, and more. For decades, CHCs have been a bipartisan solution to issues concerning health care access, quality, and cost. In Oklahoma, where many families and individuals lack access to primary care, health centers provide much-needed cost-effective primary care that saves the health care system money by preventing expensive, avoidable emergency department visits and chronic illnesses. CHCs are private nonprofits that offer sliding fee scales based on patients' incomes and provide access for all, regardless of ability to pay.
Community Health Centers serve over 260,000 Oklahomans each year. In 2019, CHCs served 1 in 8 uninsured Oklahomans, 1 in 12 Oklahomans on SoonerCare, and 1 in 16 Oklahomans. CHCs provide high-quality, whole-person services, such as:
- Primary and preventive medical care
- Behavioral/mental health care
- Substance use and addiction
- Outreach and enrollment
- Prescription drugs
- Health education and nutrition counseling
- Care coordination and case management