The health center movement began with the creation of the migrant health center program, followed by neighborhood health center demonstration projects initiated in 1965 as part of President Johnson's War on Poverty. It was recognized that by addressing the untreated health problems of the poor, the economic burdens of these communities could be reduced. Health centers are community-based and patient-directed organizations that serve populations with limited access to health care. These include low income populations, the uninsured, those with limited English proficiency, migrant and seasonal farmworkers, individuals and families experiencing homelessness, and those living in public housing. Health centers have provided and continue to provide comprehensive, culturally competent, quality primary health care services to medically underserved communities and vulnerable populations.
CPCA Staff Contact
If you have any questions, or need more information, please contact Emily Shipman, Senior Program Coordinator of Health Center Operations, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (916) 440-8170.