Safety Net/Community Health Center Network
Funded by the Community Health Center Special Fund for contractual services to improve access to health care for medically underserved populations through Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC). The array of services includes primary care, mental health care, dental health care, and pharmacy. The core mission of FQHCs is to provide access to primary care services for the most vulnerable populations, regardless of the ability to pay. These services are sometimes known as safety net services and are provided to uninsured and underinsured individuals at or below 250% of the federal poverty level. Access to primary health services reduces morbidity and mortality by providing timely, appropriate, and less expensive care, and thereby preventing the development and exacerbation of serious health conditions.