Community health centers (CHCs) are community-based and patient-directed organizations that serve populations with limited access to health care. These include low-income populations, the uninsured, and those with limited English proficiency.
Some health centers receive specific funding to focus on certain special populations:
- Migrant and seasonal farm workers
- Individuals and families experiencing homelessness
- Individuals living in public housing
- Native Hawaiians
In the Dakotas, there are multiple CHC organizations providing these programs.
The Migrant Health Center program provides support to health centers to deliver comprehensive, high quality, culturally-competent preventive and primary health services to migrant and seasonal farm workers and their families with a particular focus on the occupational health and safety needs. Principal employment for both migrant and seasonal farm workers must be in agriculture.
National Advisory Council on Migrant Health regularly advises, consults with and makes recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Administrator on migrant health issues.
Contact Migrant Health Service, Inc. for more information on services in the Dakotas.
The Health Care for the Homeless Program is a major source of care for homeless persons in the United States. The program serves patients who live on the street, in shelters or in transitional housing. In 2011, HRSA-funded health centers served more than 1 million persons experiencing homelessness.
Health Care for the Homeless grantees recognize the complex needs of homeless persons and strive to provide a coordinated, comprehensive approach to health care including substance abuse and mental health services.
Frequently Asked Questions on Health Care for the Homeless Program (PDF - 259 KB)
Contact the following organizations for information on services in these communities.
Students learn better when they feel good. Partnerships between schools and the health center program allow students to manage everything from an ear infection to a chronic disease such as diabetes or asthma. On-site health services keep students in the classroom and parents in the workplace.
School-based health centers in the Dakotas: