Why Work at a CHC?
At a CHC you join a team of health professionals, community members, and patients working together on effective, long term, community-based solutions for meeting primary health care needs in medically underserved areas and among populations suffering from health disparities.
Provide quality health care to underserved populations.
Reduce health disparities among those experiencing barriers to health care.
Conduct outreach to community members who donít traditionally come in to clinics.
Work in an organization with focus and support for accomplishing these goals.
Take advantage of growing opportunities for professional growth.
Making a Difference
Federal and state programs provide scholarship and loan repayment for many health professional occupations. Working at a CHC meets eligibility requirements for these programs. (click on following links for more information on each program):
National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program
National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program
NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program
Minnesota Department of Health State Loan Repayment & Forgiveness Programs
Association membership available in ICSI, the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement.
Internal quality programs supported through HRSA, the Health Services Resources Administration.
Clinical quality focus on preventive care & chronic disease management.
Statewide quality reporting & benchmarking.
Facility standards reviews and/or accreditation by JCAHO, the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.
Competitive salaries & benefits.
Professional malpractice coverage for employees of CHCs that receive federal funds under Section 330 of the PHS Act (FTCA Ė the Federal Torts Claims Act).
Statewide association of CHCs for peer networking and sharing best practices.
Quarterly Medical Director meetings.
Training & technical assistance on health care reform issues.
What is Different About CHCs?
Universal Access Anyone can receive care at a CHC regardless of income or insurance status through a sliding fee scale based on income.
Population of Focus: CHCs are located in Medically Underserved Areas, MUAs, and/or target their services to Medically Underserved Populations, MUPs.
Cost Effectiveness: CHCs focus on primary and preventive health care including patient education and support. Services include medical, dental and behavioral health care, with support services to reduce barriers (translation & bilingual staff, transportation, assistance with insurance eligibility, low-cost pharmacy programs).
Community Accountability: Each CHC is a non-profit governed by a Board of Directors that draws at least half of its Board Members from the patients who use the services of the health center.
Where are CHCs in Minnesota?
CHCs are located at over 60 clinical sites in urban, rural and tribal areas throughout the state. Clinical sites include traditional clinic settings, as well as school-based clinics, homeless shelters, and mobile clinics serving seasonal farm workers.