Study Shows Community Health Centers Create Thousands of Needed Jobs While Providing Care to Medically Underserved Populations
Bethesda, MD -- A study released today shows that federal investment in Community Health Centers not only increases access to care to medically underserved populations, but also creates thousands of good jobs in the communities that need them the most. The report from the Geiger Gibson / RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative at The George Washington University measured the economic and jobs-creation benefits of the cumulative investment in health centers -- and what happens when health center funding is reduced.
"Community Health Centers not only provide a regular source of medical care for the growing number of Americans that need it, but they are also proven job-creating economic engines that employ people in the communities that they serve -- a benefit that cannot be ignored at a time of a national unemployment crisis," said Dan Hawkins, Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Research at the National Association of Community Health Centers. "All of these economic benefits are in addition to the $24 billion in annual system-wide savings that health centers deliver by keeping people healthy and avoiding unnecessary ER and hospital use."
Some of the report highlights include:
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