Oklahoma Primary Care Association
Strengthening Access to Affordable, Community-Based Health Care
OKPCA partners with community health centers, safety-net providers, and the patients they serve to strengthen and simplify healthcare access to underserved communities.
What Are Community Health Centers?
Community Health Centers provide essential healthcare services to underserved communities across the country. These centers are also referred to as CHCs, Federally Qualified Health Centers, or FQHCs. In 2022 alone, over 330,000 Oklahomans were served by CHCs.
CHCs seek to address the root cause of health issues by offering integrated services all under the same roof, such as primary care, dental care, nutritional counseling, and more. The healthcare professionals also encourage people to take an active role in managing their health – helping patients across Oklahoma get well and stay well!
Using a sliding fee scale based on each patient’s income, CHCs create opportunities for families to access quality, affordable primary care. Additionally, each health center accepts Medicaid and a range of other coverage options and does not turn away patients based on their ability to pay.
What Makes CHCs Different?
CHCs are set apart by their focus on supporting their local and state communities.
Every Community Health Center is patient-directed. In fact, the boards of CHCs are led by patient majorities. This direct involvement helps ensure that every health center effectively focuses on meeting the unique needs of those in its community.
In Oklahoma, where many families and individuals lack access to quality primary care services, these centers provide much-needed, cost-effective health services. In addition to supporting the health of these individuals, this saves the healthcare system money by preventing expensive, avoidable emergency department visits and chronic illnesses.