What are Community Health Centers?
Community health centers are non-profit, community-directed providers that remove common barriers to care by serving communities who otherwise confront financial, geographic, language, cultural and other barriers. Health centers:
- are located in high-need areas identified as having elevated poverty, higher than average infant mortality, and where few physicians practice
- are open to all residents, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay
- tailor services to fit the special needs and priorities of their communities, and provide services in a linguistically and culturally appropriate manner
- provide comprehensive primary and other health care services, including services that help their patients access care, such as transportation, translation, and case management
- provide high quality care, reducing health disparities and improving patient outcomes
- are cost effective, reducing costly emergency, hospital, and specialty care, and save $107 Million to the overall health system in Nebraska annually