George Washington University, School of Public Health and Health Services, Department of Health Policy
Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative Policy Research Brief No. 25
ARRA; Safety Net; Community Health Centers; Disparities; Health Reform
Federal investment in community health centers not only creates health care access but, based on previous studies, generates an estimated 8:1 return for medically underserved communities while creating thousands of jobs. Since our earlier 2008 economic impact study, Congress has made two major program investments: $2 billion under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) of 2009; and $11 billion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This analysis measures the economic and jobs-creation benefits of this cumulative investment in health centers, as well as the impact of legislation enacted in April, 2011, which reduced the first year of new ACA investment by $600 million.
Rosenbaum, S. & Shin, P. (2011). Community health centers and the economy: Assessing centers' role in immediate job creation efforts (Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative policy research brief no. 25). Washington, D.C.: George Washington University, School of Public Health and Health Services, Department of Health Policy.