Celebrating 50+ Years in the American Community Health Center Movement
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The official establishment of community and migrant health centers (C/MHCs) began during the civil rights movement of the 1960s. The first health center in the United States was the Columbia Point Health Center in Dorchester, Massachusetts, which opened in December 1965. View CHC Chronicles' timeline, Health Centers Then & Now, 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, and view CHC Chronicles' timeline, Health Centers Then & Now, to understand the incredible growth of the health center cause from its beginning to today. 


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. Health centers span the United States and reside within communities, both rural and urban, in order to provide quality health care and services to all individuals regardless of their ability to pay, whether uninsured, on Medicaid, or have private insurance. C/MHCs are intended to be the medical home for all, including families and children, farmworkers, and those who are homeless. 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.


Read more about this history and accomplishments of NWRPCA


Visit NWRPCA's YouTube Channel for more videos

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