About Community Health Centers


America turned a corner in the 1960s. During the Johnson Administration, the growing public health needs began to be addressed. The office of Economic Opportunity was formed in 1964 with a mandate to eliminate poverty. By the early 1970s, many Americans were falling through the cracks of the healthcare establishment. Since Community Health Centers began more than a quarter-century ago, access has meant improved quality of life.


Today community health centers are not only accessible health care providers, we are well-organized, community-based non-profit corporations. Clearly the key to success has been leadership, investment, and involvement at the local community level.


Up to one half of our support is received through direct federal grants administered by the Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Primary Health Care.

The balance of our operating support is made up through patient fees, public and private insurance programs, local and other contributions.


Community Health Centers adhere to the strictest federal standards and meet stringent federal fiscal compliance guidelines governing quality of care and financial responsibility. Our centers also adhere to the State of Florida contractual standards and guidelines as well as the Joint Commission accreditation guidelines. Central Florida Health Care is one of more than 1,200 safety net providers with more than 7,000 sites spanning rural and urban communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.


Today more than 18 million people are served by Community Health Centers. We are well represented by the National Association of Community Health Centers in Washington, D.C. and the Florida Association of Community Health Centers in Tallahassee. Together these associations bring national partners together that contribute the right combination of commitment, credibility, access to funding and a wealth of expertise. Through these associations, community health centers have realized phenomenal success.