Community Health Centers Impact Neighborhood Health and Economic Needs

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With the $2 billion funding from the stimulus package – the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and $11 billion in upcoming funds from Affordable Care Act (ACA), community health centers stand at the forefront to address the prevention and safety net needs of disadvantaged communities in rural and low income areas. An August post by the Center for American Progress, The Importance of Community Health Centers, Engines of Economic Activity and Job Creation, highlights the additional external impacts of these centers on neighborhood economics and provides a tool for discovering the 2015 economic and employment impacts of community health centers by state. Nationally they predict that the $11 ACA commitment for expansions of current services and creation of new centers in 2015 will generate an additional $33 billion in economic and over 284,000 new and maintained jobs.

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