What is a Health Center?

The Health Center Program of the HRSA Bureau of Primary Health Care supports public and non-profit organizations and programs that provide health care to low-income and at-risk populations. Head Start health managers, family and community partnership staff, and parents may find this fact sheet useful in locating a Health Center in their communities. The Centers offer comprehensive services, such as medical, dental, mental, and substance abuse care.

HRSA Bureau of Primary Health Care-supported Health Centers are a major component of America's health care safety net, the Nation's "system" of providing health care to low-income and other vulnerable populations.

Health Centers care for people regardless of their ability to pay and whether or not they have health insurance. They provide primary and preventive health care, as well as services such as transportation and translation. Many Health Centers also offer dental, mental health and substance abuse care.

Health Centers are in most cities and many rural areas. Find a Health Center near you.

What is a Health Center? HHS/HRSA/BPHC. n.d. English.

Last Reviewed: August 2011

Last Updated: March 10, 2015