CHC Movement: A National Program, Building on Local Roots
While the history of health centers is, in many respects, understood one health center at a time, health centers also can be thought of as a rich tapestry and a means by which millions of residents of the nation’s medically underserved communities and populations have joined together to make themselves heard. The health center movement has a rich history of its own that underscores what health centers, working together, have been able to accomplish for their communities in the field of public policy. Reflecting the leadership and support of national health policy visionaries such as the late Senator Edward Kennedy, Senator Orrin Hatch, and Congressman Henry Waxman, the history of health centers illustrates growth along a pathway of milestones that together shape an unrivaled history of achievement in health care for the poor and underserved.
MORE STORIES AND INSIGHTS
The Delta Health Center in Mound Bayou, Mississippi, which recently opened a new state-of-the-art facility, launched in 1967 as the first rural health center in the United States.
CHC History Photo SlideshowView historical photos of Community Health Centers around the country.
Early Health Center Program DocumentsThe National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), was founded in 1971 as the National Association of Neighborhood Health Centers.
Migrant and Farmworker Historical PhotosView historical photos documented throughout the years.