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. 26
Contraceptives; Underserved Populations; Women's Health; Low-Income Populations; Community Health Centers; Disparities
Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and family planning clinics funded through Title X of the Public Health Service Act are critical components of the health care safety net in urban and rural medically underserved communities. Although they share the common mission of serving vulnerable and low-income populations, health centers and Title X clinics possess different, but complementary, strengths. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Affordable Care Act) will expand coverage to an additional 32 million people while leaving 23 million uninsured. Most of the newly insured and the remaining uninsured will be residents of medically-underserved communities, and thus, positioning the safety net to meet demand will be highly important.
Gold, R. B., Zakheim, M., Schulte, J. M., Wood, S., Beeson, T., & Rosenbaum, S. (2011). A natural fit: Collaborations between community health centers and family planning clinics (Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative policy research brief no. 26). Washington, D.C.: George Washington University, School of Public Health and Health Services, Department of Health Policy.