Last week I spoke at the Northwest Regional Primary Care Association and Community Health Association of Mountain/Plains States Conference and received a copy of the book Faces of Hope: Celebrating Community Health Centers (ebook). While there and reading the book, I thought of my visits this summer to both urban and rural community health clinics in Utah.
The Community Health Center Model -- merging the fragmented disciplines of medical care, epidemiology and public health -- was first used in South Africa during the late 1940s and 50s. Many found this "third world approach" relevant for addressing some community needs here in the US; beginning with Mississippi in the 1960s.
The book includes a review of the history, great pictures and even a chapter on the impact of community health centers in New Orleans -- post Katrina. I'm going to give my copy to my favorite local Community Health Center, the Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics and encourage you to visit and share the link to the Faces of Hope ebook.