The majority of the patients served by CHF clinics are low-income: 55 percent of the patients in 2011 had incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. Of those served by CHF member community clinics, it is typical that one quarter are children.
Our clinics’ health services are provided to thousands of individuals and families on an ongoing basis who otherwise would not have access to health care, preventive or immediate, including the 40 percent who are uninsured. This number includes nearly 23,000 children and youth, who, because of access, are provided an opportunity to grow up strong and healthy. The CHF clinics focus on serving communities of color, low-income individuals and families, homeless and at-risk youth and others who face significant barriers to accessing services. CHF clientele includes the working poor, those whose jobs do not provide health care benefits and, due to their income level, are ineligible for public assistance.