By: Beau Boughamer
The Post and Courier of Charleston, S.C. carried an op-ed by health policy consultant Katherine Duffy in which she called for increased investment in Community Health Centers.
Research has highlighted the success of Community Health Centers in improving access to care and improving health outcomes. They have succeeded in reducing the health disparities that exist among different population groups — and for containing health care costs. The World Health Organization has recognized health centers as models of primary health care delivery, and has encouraged their replication in industrialized and developing nations.
Have you heard of these centers? Did you know about the successes? Did you know about the federal funding supporting them? While Community Health Centers vary in successes and quality of services, and while they often need more financial support to provide needed care, they do exist and are a vital part of the safety net for those without health insurance.