Celebrating 50 Years of Caring for the Underserved

Fifty years ago, as the civil rights movement and President Johnson’s War on Poverty began to change America, the Community Health Center (CHC) movement was born. Led by a group of community health and civil rights activists, the movement grew out of an idealistic notion that they could make a huge difference by providing the medically underserved with access to quality health care.

In 1965, the nation’s first Community Health Centers opened in medically underserved inner city and rural areas as part of the president’s Office of Economic Opportunity. Originally called “Neighborhood Health Centers,” the first organizations were located in Boston and Mississippi. They were soon followed by other community-based neighborhood clinics in underserved areas around the country. Click hear read more…

About CCHN

The Colorado Community Health Network (CCHN) represents Colorado’s 18 Community Health Centers (CHCs) that together are the backbone of the primary health care safety-net in Colorado. CCHN is committed to Read more…

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What’s New

Starting July 1, 2015, a big policy change is coming to Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+): the five-year bar is being lifted for children and pregnant women. As a result, Legal Permanent Resident children will no longer have to wait five years to apply for Medicaid and CHP+, and Legal Permanent Resident pregnant women will no longer have to wait five years to apply for CHP+. Read the Covering Kids and Families alert here.

“Throughout my four years of working for Valley-Wide, not a day goes by that I do not appreciate having the opportunity to work here and without a doubt will continue working here whether I receive the loan payment or not. If chosen, I can completely pay off my student loan debt and go back to school to further my education and continue helping educate and care for the medically underserved.” Marisa Atencio, VWHS, in her application to the Kaiser Permanente Education Loan Repayment for Safety Net Clinical Support Staff Program. Read about it in CCHN’s June newsletter.

Wow: Community Health Centers have been caring for people for 50 years! Watch this to see how they started and what they are doing now.

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