WASHINGTON and NEW YORK – A new report titled, “Role of Community Health Centers in Providing Services to Low-income Women,” released today by the Geiger Gibson /RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative in the Department of Health Policy at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services examines the significant role community health centers (CHCs) play in providing services to low-income women of childbearing age (defined as age 15-44).

The authors found that nationally, community health centers provide a medical home for approximately 5.4 million women of childbearing age, or more than one in five low-income women annually. The report also addresses the role of CHCs in mitigating health disparities and identifies the challenges that they will need to overcome to expand capacity and serve a greater number of high-risk, low-income women.