Forum Session

Community Health Centers: Strategies for Success
September 30, 2004


Jessamy Taylor, MPP


This meeting explored the critical issues community health centers face as providers of care to the uninsured and underserved in today’s health care marketplace. Speakers described challenges in the areas of financing, productivity, workforce, governance, access to capital, quality, and information technology and addressed how successful health centers are able to address these challenges. The discussion highlighted the role of the health disparities collaboratives in improving quality of care at health centers. How health centers fit into the broader health care safety net was also discussed.


Maria Montanaro, MSW, Chief Executive Officer, Thundermist Health Center, Woonsocket, RI; Cory Sevin, RN, MSN, Vice President of Operations, Clinica Campesina, Lafayette, CO; Alexandra Shields, PhD, Associate Professor, Health Policy Institute at Georgetown University, Lecturer in Medicine (Health Policy), Harvard Medical School

Related Materials

More information available in the related publication, "The Fundamentals of Community Health Centers" (Background Paper, August 31, 2004).

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