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.