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The South Carolina Primary Health Care Association
(SCPHCA) is the unifying organization for
Community Health Centers (CHCs) in
South Carolina. CHCs are time-tested
models of community-based care. They represent public and private
partnerships working together to improve the health status of their
respective communities. First established in 1964, CHCs are
community-based, non-profit organizations that provide
comprehensive, high-quality, patient-focused health care services
in a culturally appropriate manner. With a focus on primary care,
prevention, education, and case management, CHCs accept most health
insurance plans including Medicare and Medicaid and for those
patients without insurance, services are provided on a sliding fee
scale based on the patient's income and family size. CHCs receive
federal grants through the United States Department of Health and
Human Services Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) to partially
support the cost of providing health care to the nation's growing
CHCs are one of four types of health centers funded by the federal government under the Consolidated Health Center Program. Core requirements for all health centers include:
The South Carolina Primary Health Care Association (SCPHCA) has been working to increase the availability of quality health care to low-income, uninsured, isolated, vulnerable, and special need populations since 1979. The SCPHCA is committeed to meeting the unique health care needs of these populations and to reduce health disparities across the state by providing capacity-building services and coordinating initiatives necessary to strengthen Community Health Centers (CHCs) in SC.
Specific groups served include:
These populations continue to experience barriers in accessing high quality preventive and primary health care services in the state.
In addition to meeting the health care needs of our patients, our CHCs serve as economic engines in the counties that we serve and serve as entry level employers for many health care and administrative disciplines.