Workforce Issues; Community Health Centers; Health Reform; Health Homes
Since the establishment of the first health center in 1965, health centers have evolved into an essential component of the health care safety net. Today, over 1,000 federally funded and "look-alike" health centers serve 14.3 million people, three-quarters of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicaid. As the nation's largest primary care system, health centers care for one in five low-income uninsured persons and one in nine Medicaid beneficiaries.
Rosenbaum, S. & Shin, P. (2006). Health centers reauthorization: An overview of achievements and challenges (Issue paper no. 7471). Washington, D.C.: Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured.