La Clinica de La Raza, Inc., Oakland, CA


In 1965 the nation’s first community health centers were launched as a small demonstration program as part of the President Johnson’s Office of Economic Opportunity. With roots in the both the civil rights movement and the War on Poverty, the earliest health centers had as their mission no less than using the health care system to change the health and lives of their communities’ residents.

Today, more than 40 years later, health centers are integral to the foundation of primary care in their communities, building on their unique history and embodying their community's aspirations for equity and better health care. The Chronicles project, a special partnership of the RCHN Community Health Foundation, and the Geiger Gibson Program in Community Health Policy at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, aims to honor that history, and help health centers tell their own, unique and continuing stories.
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The Delta Health Center in Mound Bayou, Mississippi, soon to have a new state-of-art facility, launched in 1967 as the first rural health center in the U.S.