In 2004 Benton County opened the Community Health Centers of Benton and Linn Counties, joining a national network of community health centers providing high quality accessible care to people in need. Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) provide services to address financial, geographic, language and cultural barriers to care.
We are a primary care home, focusing on reaching vulnerable populations; a unique and important component of our local health care system and our community. Our centers provide over 40,000 visits to over 8,000 patients, the majority of which were between the ages of 13 and 44 years old. Of those visitors, ~50 percent were uninsured and 40 percent were on Medicaid. We also served patients with private insurance and Medicare.
The Community Health Centers started as and continue today to be patient-center medical homes. We strive to provide care that meets the needs of patients and provides continuity of care with a regular health provider assisted by a care team, all of whom are aware of each individual patient’s needs. We offer a broad range of primary care services and also empathizes prevention, education and screening to improve the health and wellness.
We also focus on building relationships within the community with other agencies serving common populations. We believe these community relationships are integral to assuring that people have access to a broad range of services.