Oklahoma City Health Center Receives Funds for Health Care Delivery Site

Oklahoma City Health Center Receives Funds for Health Care Delivery Site

September 15, 2013 – Friday, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary announced approximately $67 million to the nation’s health centers to support new sites and expand access to health care at health centers.  One Oklahoma City organization, Community Health Centers, Inc. (CHCI) received $880,000 to establish a site in the Shawnee area.  The site will increase access to preventive and primary health care for Oklahomans.

“This funding will help one of the neediest communities in the state have access to health care,” said Judy Grant, interim executive director of Oklahoma Primary Care Association (OKPCA), the association representing health centers across the state.  “The award will people in the area get the care they need at an affordable price.

Community Health Centers, like CHCI, work to improve the health of communities by ensuring access to quality primary health care services. Currently serving the communities of Oklahoma City, Langston and Carney, CHCI has been a pillar of the community since opening in 1973.  Services are offered on a sliding-fee scale to qualifying patients, and sees people with our without medical coverage.  Services include primary medical care, dental and behavioral health services.

“Since health centers are community-based, this will make a huge impact on families and individuals in the area,” continued Grant.  “We are so excited to add another point of delivery in our great state.”

OKPCA is the state association for community health centers (CHCs) and other safety-net providers.  With more than 50 sites across Oklahoma, CHCs are increasingly becoming the trusted provider of choice for many families, insured or uninsured.  Health centers see everyone - and offer a sliding fee scale to patients at or below 200% federal poverty level.  For more information on community health centers in Oklahoma, visit www.okpca.org.