Community health centers (CHCs) in the Dakotas are community-driven, mission-focused medical homes that have a significant impact on their patients and the communities they serve. In addition to bringing quality, affordable health care to populations that wouldn’t otherwise have access, health centers make important contributions to their local workforce and economy, while generating substantial cost savings for the nation’s health care system.

Of the nearly 110,000 individuals CHCs in the Dakotas served in 2017, nearly 27,000 were uninsured, with a large percentage earning below 200% of the federal poverty level. In 2017, CHCs served more than 38,000 children, provided dental services to nearly 30,000 individuals and employed more than 800 full-time equivalents.

According to a 2013 study, CHCs across North Dakota and South Dakota have a total economic impact of $94 million, directly contributing to the growth and vitality of local and statewide economies. CHCs also bring significant cost savings to the health industry, with a recent study reporting that each patient receiving care at a CHC saved the health care system 24% annually.

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