CHroniCles was created as a special project of the RCHN Community Health Foundation (RCHN CHF), the Geiger Gibson Program in Community Health at Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University, and the National Association of Community Health Centers,  in consultation with the health center community. Originally devloped, staffed and managed by the RCHN CHF, it is now housed at the Geiger Gibson program. The site is dedicated to highlighting and recording the contributions made by community health centers across the country in delivering high-quality and comprehensive primary health care services to 30 million people each year.

The goal of CHroniCles is to record the vibrant, diverse, and important living history of each community health center and of the health center movement as a whole, and to make accessible to visitors everywhere. Every health center story is unique, and reflects the needs and aspirations of its community. CHroniCles aims to honor the rich heritage and ongoing work of community health centers by having each health center document its own story to create an on-line, web-based tapestry.

The site showcases contributed narratives, photos, data, historic documents  and other materials to advance an understanding and awareness of the exceptional role that community health centers play in the American health care system. CHroniCles celebrates the vital and distinctive history of the health center movement, and the significant role community health centers fulfill in the lives of millions across the country.



Community health centers provide effective, comprehensive person-centered preventive and primary care services and serve as medical homes for their patients. Since their founding, community health centers  have embodied a vision of health equity, offering health care services as a point of entry into services and supports that elevate their communities.


Under the leadership of community-based boards, a majority of whose members receive care at the center, health centers tailor their programs and services to meet the unique clinical and cultural needs of those they serve.


Health centers lower total health care costs and generate economic opportunities in the communities they serve by providing good jobs for local residents, creating an important economic engine.


In addition to providing excellent clinical care, health centers support healthy communities by ensuring access, building and fostering trusting relationships with their patients, and weaving a strong thread through the fabric of the community.