Community Health Centers

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What are community health centers? 

Community health centers offer services at an affordable cost to those who cannot afford healthcare.  Health centers are locally owned and receive Health Center Program federal grant funding to provide care for underserved or vulnerable populations. 

How are community health centers different from other healthcare providers?  

  • More night and weekend hours  
  • More services offered in one location (primary care, pharmacy, mental health, substance use disorder, dental, and more)  
  • Lower cost of care 

Who is eligible to receive care at a community health center? 

Anyone is eligible to receive care at a community health center, regardless of their ability to pay.  

Does it cost money to receive care at a community health center?  

Health centers operate on a sliding scale, with patients paying a fee based on their annual income. Some patients may pay little to no fees, if their income is low or nonexistent. 

Where can I find a community health center? 

CLICK HERE to find a community health center near you.  

Need more information? 

Call 2-1-1 or 1-888-892-1162 to speak with an NC 211 call specialist.

Sources: HRSA, NACHC 

Last updated 1/6/2023

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