Do you know the Economic Impact of Community Health Centers?

As the home of high-quality, affordable healthcare services, including primary healthcare, dental care, and behavioral health services, Community Health Centers ended 2023 with a $3.3 billion economic impact throughout Florida.

Community Health Centers play a critical role in ensuring all Floridians, especially the most vulnerable populations, have access to healthcare services, but also offer benefits such as transportation, access to food banks, and other enabling services regardless of the patient’s ability to pay.

Community Health Centers are not just providers; they are employers and educators and contribute to the overall health and well-being of the communities they serve.

Download: Florida’s Community Health Centers Economic Impact Infographic (PDF)

What are Community Health Centers?

Community Health Centers are community-based and patient-directed organizations that deliver comprehensive, culturally competent, high-quality primary healthcare services to all individuals and families, including people experiencing homelessness, agricultural workers, residents of public housing, and veterans. 

Community Health Centers integrate access to pharmacy, mental health, substance use disorder, and oral health services in areas where economic, geographic, or cultural barriers limit access to affordable health care. Health centers reduce health disparities by emphasizing coordinated care management of patients with multiple health care needs and the use of key quality improvement practices, including health information technology.

Florida’s Community Health Centers (CHCs or FQHCs) have provided high-quality, comprehensive primary care services in medically underserved communities for over 50 years. Florida’s 54 FQHCs treat 1.8 million patients at more than 750 locations statewide, including dozens of mobile units and over 100 school-based locations.

Download: Florida’s Primary Care Home Our Community Health Centers Infographic (PDF)

What is 340B?

The 340B discount drug program requires pharmaceutical companies to provide drugs at a discounted price to certain healthcare providers that, in turn, use their 340B savings to expand affordable access and resources for their patients, including those challenged to find housing, Veterans, children, and the elderly. 

Through the 340B discount drug program, “covered entities” like Community Health Centers provide their patients with prescriptions at reduced prices. Since Community Health Centers serve mostly uninsured patients, they provide access to affordable medications to their patients. The 340B program requires Community Health Centers to pass any savings to patients by expanding access to primary care and offering behavioral health, dental, pediatric, and optometry services.

Download: FACHC 340B Flyer