More than fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a war on poverty during his State of the Union address, a commitment that directly led to the 1965 establishment of the Neighborhood Health Centers program. The impact over the past 50 years has been extraordinary. Today, health centers serve more than 23 million people in 9,000 communities across our nation: 1 in 15 of our friends and neighbors call a health center their health home. These critical safety net providers care for the most vulnerable members of our community, providing high-quality care and welcoming environments for everyone, regardless of their insurance coverage or ability to pay.
Central City Concern Health Services became a Federally Qualified Health Center in 2003. Over the past twelve years, our health center has grown to 10 locations serving more than 7,000 people. We provide a wide range of health care services, including substance use disorder services, pharmacy, primary care, alternative and complementary medicine, and mental health care. The Federally Qualified Health Center program enables us to provide care regardless of ability to pay, and to meet the people we serve where they are, offering person-centered care that responds to individuals’ immediate needs while collaboratively developing longer-term goals for wellness.
In the week ahead, we’ll be profiling a few of the extraordinary people who make this work possible. They are peers, physicians, outreach workers, and others who have devoted their careers to serving our fellow community members who are sleeping outside, are marginally housed, or have very low incomes. Each staff member profiled this week was nominated by their program leadership as individuals who personify the values of the Health Center program and CCC’s mission.
As the co-leader of CCC’s health care division, together with my colleague Dr. Rachel Solotaroff, it’s my privilege and honor to work with this diverse group of staff on a daily basis and to bear witness to their incredible dedication to the people we serve and their passion for CCC’s mission. Rachel and I, together with our leadership team, hope you enjoy getting to know them as much as we enjoy working with them.
Chief Clinical Operations Officer