Community health centers (CHCs) are nonprofit organizations that meet the primary and preventative-care needs of individuals and families living in low-income communities, including many of the nation's Medicaid recipients and uninsured, in areas traditionally considered as underserved by other healthcare providers.
Health center services are provided to all, regardless of ability to pay, and services are tailored to the cultural needs of the Center's individual community.
The benefits that health centers deliver to communities reach well beyond their core purpose of improving access to essential health services for low-income people. The health outcomes they achieve increase worker productivity, reduce avoidable trips to tax funded emergency rooms, reduce infant mortality rates, as well as hospitalizations associated with untreated chronic conditions. These organizations are integral in the promotion of disease awareness, education, and prevention among at-risk populations. The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) has estimated that nationally CHC's will save more than $122 billion in total healthcare costs between 2010 and 2015. According to an analysis performed by Capital Link, CHC's combined economic impact amounted to $20 billion last year and nearly 190,000 jobs in the most economically challenged neighborhoods.
Further, health centers provide direct employment opportunities to its local residents, including many entry-level jobs with future career development potential. They also provide access to many volunteer positions that build experience necessary for completion of professional education curriculums such as nursing, medical assistant, hygienists, etc. Health centers purchase goods and services from local businesses, thus spreading indirect benefits more broadly through the multiplier effect. The facilities constructed by health centers bring capital investment to underserved communities and anchor commercial revitalization efforts.
Memphis Health Center, Inc. (MHC) would not exist today if not for the generous support of the public in conjunction with local businesses and institutional partners.
Funding sources are tightening while overall healthcare delivery costs continue to rise forcing many community health centers nationwide to cut service offerings and programs. It is imperative now more than ever that Mid-Southerners recognize the immense value that the support of Memphis Health Center plays in providing a critical safety net for the delivery of healthcare to thousands that otherwise would have been unable to receive it.
As a 501(c)3 non-profit, your support of Memphis Health Center may be tax-deductible as well!*
Please consider supporting our efforts. Without you, we cannot continue to provide the care necessary to see the more than 50,000 preventative and primary care visits each year.
* MHC is not qualified to, nor does it intend to provide any financial or tax related advice and/or guidance. Please consult a tax professional to determine your eligibility for deducting charitable contributions. Certain IRS restrictions and limitations apply.