Atascosa Health Center, a non-profit, community-based primary care organization, has been serving the people of Atascosa county since 1978 and was formally chartered in 1979. This service area has been designated as a Medically Underserved Area and as a Health Professions Shortage Area. The clinic provides services that include primary medical care, specialty referral, counseling, health education, nutrition counseling, WIC, and transportation assistance. Pleasanton, Texas is a small town located thirty three miles south of San Antonio. The town is affectionately referred to as the "Birthplace of the Cowboy." Pleasanton's citizens have made a commitment to themselves and their children to embrace every type of change that results in civic, economical and social improvement.
FQHCs also know as community health centers are local, non-profit or public entity, community owned health care providers serving low-income and medially underserved communities.
FQHCs provide high-quality, affordable primary care and preventative services to populations who, even if insured, remain isolated from traditional forms of medical care because of where they live, who they are, the language they speak, and their high levels of complex health care needs.
Although FQHCs have a broad prevention-based perspective on many health problems, they are much like private medical and dental practices, staffed by physicians, dentists, nurses and other health care professionals.
They differ however, by the broader range of services provided such as social services, transportation, translation services, health education, and their management structure. In order to maximize limited resources, these private, nonprofit community practices have developed community linkages with specialty providers, local health departments, hospitals, nursing homes, pharmacists, and other community organizations to ensure services are coordinated and eliminate duplication of effort.
Although some services may not be available on-site, the health center does coordinate care and referrals to other providers in a way that assures comprehensive and convenient "one-stop caring" for its patients.
In 2004, Community Health Centers cared for 562,065 Texans regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay.