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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…



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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 are YOU doing for National Health Center Week? Check out CCHN’s newsletter for the schedule of events in Colorado.

See how MCPN is using coordinated care to give patients the freedom to stay at home in this PBS Newshour story.

2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the Community Health Center Program. Watch Dr. Leslie Brooks, Sunrise Community Health, talk about why that’s worthy of celebration here.

New fact sheet discusses the role of Community Health Centers in reducing emergency department use. Read it here.

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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