About the Organization
Iowa is home to 14 Community Health Centers located throughout the state. Each Center offers a comprehensive benefit package, competitive salary and possible eligibility for education loan repayment.
What are community health centers (CHCs)?
Local, non-profit, community-owned health care providers serving low income and medically underserved communities.
CHCs are located in areas where care is needed but scarce, and work to improve access to care for millions of Americans regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay. Their costs of care rank among the lowest, and they reduce the need for more expensive hospital-based and specialty care, saving billions of dollars for taxpayers.
CHCs provide quality, affordable, comprehensive primary care and preventive services, including dental, mental health, and substance abuse services, as well as affordable pharmaceuticals. CHCs are recognized leaders in treating chronic diseases and reducing health disparities.
Who do community health centers serve?
20 million people across the country, including more than 181,000 individuals in Iowa.
94% of health center patients in Iowa have family incomes at or below 200% of the federal poverty level.
35% of Health Center patients in Iowa are uninsured.
How do community health centers overcome barriers to care?
Located in high-need areas identified as having elevated poverty, higher than average infant mortality, and where few physicians practice.
Open to all, regardless of income and insurance status, and provide free or reduced cost care based on ability to pay.
Services are tailored to fit the special needs and priorities of the community, and provide services in a linguistically and culturally appropriate setting.
Offer services that help patients access health care, such as transportation, interpretation, case management, health education, and home visitation.