Community Health Center patients receive the best, comprehensive health care possible. With committed, experienced providers that work together, Community Health Centers use an integrated, team approach to care for the whole person. CHC provider teams – including physicians, nurses, and specialists in behavioral health, nutrition, dentistry, translation, and native healing – work collectively and proactively to get patients well and to keep them well.
Some health centers have expanded their wellness programs to include exercise classes like yoga, zumba, and cardio-fitness. Hana Health and Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services have incorporated organic farming to help teach patients about healthy eating and also about caring for our communities.
Long before patient-centered health care became a catchphrase, community health centers have been quietly and competently focusing over the last ten years on transforming health care from simply the treatment of illness to promotion of healthy living.
Community Health Centers in Hawai‘i proactively focus on prevention, integration of care, and wellness. They use teams of providers that coordinate treatment of the whole person and have relationships with other community providers and organizations that allow health centers to better integrate care with specialists and hospitals.
Ultimately, the patient-centered care practiced at Hawai‘i’s CHCs improves health outcomes, lowers costs, and creates thriving, healthier communities.
Whether you live in a crowded, urban area where physicians are no longer accepting new patients or in a remote, rural community where there are few if any providers, insurance coverage doesn’t guarantee that you can receive care when you need it. Access to care is often a challenge.
Unlike many for-profit providers, CHCs accept and care for all patients, regardless of their insurance status. CHCs don’t turn patients away because they are uninsured. CHCs don’t stop accepting new patients simply because the demand for their services is so high.
At Community Health Centers, everyone is welcomed and cared for equally.
Like community health centers across the country, Hawai‘i’s CHCs have been at the forefront of implementing health information systems – also called electronic medical records – to better manage their patients’ health care needs. Having instant access to patient data allows all members of the health care team to better coordinate care for the best health outcomes.
By using these leading edge tools CHCs have developed the expertise to effectively manage and improve the care for patients with chronic illnesses like diabetes, asthma, depression, and heart disease. Their prowess at innovation is recognized nationally for improving quality and patient outcomes while reducing overall costs.
Community Health Centers are non-profit organizations dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the communities they operate in. As such, health centers are governed by a board of directors, the majority of which are patients who use its services.
In this way, members of the community have direct input into the development of their health center. The people who live and work in the community help insure that the health center is responsive to their unique needs. As a result, Community Health Centers are trusted stewards of their communities, helping provide needed health care services, education, nutrition, training, and good jobs.