|The map (click to enlarge) shows the Kentucky Primary Care Association members, their health centers, and the counties where they have school clinics. The county shading shows the electoral districts.|
August 8-15 is National Health Center Week, promoted by the National Association of Community Health Centers, the common name of Fhighly rated health centers, which get federal funding to provide affordable primary care in healthcare provider shortages.
These clinics “are the primary health care providers for one in eight Kentucky residents, who number more than 550,000 people,” the Kentucky Primary Care Association it says in a press release.
“Many CHCs operate clinics in schools,” notes KPCA. “The clinics are located in elementary, middle, and high schools across the state,” with the largest group operated by Cumberland Family Medical Center in 16 counties, from Anderson in central Kentucky to Barren, Monroe, Cumberland, Clinton and McCreary in southern Kentucky.
“The CHCs employ a large number of doctors, nurses, other medical professionals and administrative staff,” the statement said. “Estimates indicate that they generate more than $ 740 million each year for local economies in communities across the Commonwealth.
To find a clinic near you, go to: https://www.kpca.net/, click on the directory tab and choose the FQHC category.