The official establishment of community health centers began during the civil rights movement of the 1960s. The first community health center in the United States was the Columbia Point Health Center in Dorchester, Massachusetts, which opened in December 1965. The center was founded by two medical doctors: Dr. H. Jack Geiger and Dr. Count Gibson. Visit NACHC's 50 Years of America's Health Centers webpage to learn more.
Community and migrant health centers (C/MHCs) are community-governed, not-for-profit organizations that go above and beyond the traditional model of health care to provide access to essential primary and preventive health care services. C/MHCs are in communities, both rural and urban, across the United States to provide care to all individuals regardless of their ability to pay. C/MHCs' doors are open to everyone, including families and children, farmworkers, those who are homeless, and those who are uninsured, on Medicaid, of have private insurance. Join the Campaign for America's Health Centers today.
Our Vision Remains the Same: A Conversation with Dr. Jack Geiger
Northwest Regional Primary Care Association CEO Bruce Gray had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Geiger and discuss the storied past of community health centers in America and the opportunities the future presents.
NWRPCA proudly presents a series of six videos featuring Dr. Geiger to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the American CHC movement.
One: Our Vision Remains the Same
Two: The Original PCMH
Three: The Social Determinants of Health
Four: Collaboration is Key
Five: Inter-professional Education
Six: Community Health Workers: The Human Touch
NWRPCA: Born of Northwest Health Centers
Northwest Regional Primary Care Association (NWRPCA) was established in 1983 by a collaborative effort of community health centers to provide a wide range of services, including training, onsite technical assistance, community development and clinical coordination to a small number of health centers in the Northwest. Today NWRPCA has 101 members, including 81 community health centers.
This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U58CS06846, "S/RPCAs," total award $950K, with 65 percent of program funded by nongovernmental sources. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.