Community Health Centers have evolved from their early days following President Johnson’s War on Poverty, designed to improve living conditions for low-income populations. The current model can be largely attributed to Dr. H. Jack Geiger and Dr. John Hatch, who believed that community plays a significant role in creating a healthy population, and that when a health center is owned, operated, and directed by people from the communities in which they serve, there is a positive impact on health and well-being. Since then, small integrated health centers have sprung up all over America, serving over 30 million patients.
Blue Ridge Health is one in a network of about 1,400 Community Health Centers in the United States that have earned the distinction of being a Federally Qualified Health Centers or FQHC. Click here to learn more.