The British Columbia Federation of Community Health Centres is the voice for Community Health Centres and community-oriented, people-centred primary health care throughout BC.
Community Health Centres are an innovative and optimal model of primary health care for all British Columbia residents. CHCs are particularly effective at meeting the complex needs of individuals, families and communities that face greater-than-average barriers to health. Core characteristics of Community Health Centres are:
- Not-for-profit, publicly-funded health services. CHCs are cooperatives, not-for-profit societies and direct service organizations of provincial Ministries of Health or regional health authorities (eg, Vancouver Coastal Health)
- Offer team-based, interprofessional healthcare services and health programs
- Provided integrated, comprehensive “primary health care”
- Emphasize community engagement and participation as keys to delivering appropriate services and building relationships of trust in the community