On Monday, January 19th, the nation celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. On this day, people are encouraged to volunteer in honor of Dr. King’s spirit of justice, equality, and service to others. Colorado’s Community Health Centers (CHCs) continuously demonstrate this spirit of service and justice, by providing high quality health care to medically underserved populations in their communities.
Dr. King once said “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.” CHCs work to eliminate barriers to access care and contribute to making health care more equal and just. By providing affordable care and offering a sliding fee scale, CHCs ensure that none of their patients are turned away because of ability to pay. Additionally, CHCs are conveniently located in medically underserved communities, including rural and frontier areas, to ensure that their community members can access care.
Colorado’s 18 CHCs are currently a health care home to one in eight Coloradans, and are located in 38 of Colorado’s 64 counties. Not only do CHCs provide accessible and affordable care, they also offer high quality, integrated medical, dental, and behavioral health services. Additionally, CHCs provide enabling services such as case management, health education, and referral services to ensure that their patients receive the care they need. In these ways and many more, CHCs truly embody the spirit of Dr. King.
As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Not everybody can be famous, but everybody can be great, because greatness is determined by service.” Are you interested in a mission driven career that helps eliminate inequality and injustice in health care? Check out the Mission Driven Careers Job Board or the CHAMPS Job Opportunity Bank for more information about how to join a team at a Colorado CHC. To learn more about Colorado’s CHCs and the great work they are doing, visit CCHN’s website.