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Communicare Health Centers

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Communicare Health Centers a Federally Qualified Health Center that has served the San Antonio community for almost 35 years. The service population for this Center has been designated as MUA and HPSA. CommuniCare’s two primary care sites are the Barrio Family Health Center, which serves the city’s west side, and the Dr. Frank Bryant Health Center, which opened October 2005 and serves the east side of San Antonio. Services at these sites include medical (family medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine, OB/GYN), dental, behavioral health, and on-site pharmacy and laboratory. Other services include health education; Women, Infants, and Children (WIC); and nutrition education. 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.