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WACMHC History and Mission
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History and Mission

Mission Statement

The mission of the Washington Association of Community & Migrant Health Centers (WACMHC) is to promote health and human services for the underserved people of Washington, primarily through its membership, ensuring that all Washingtonians have access to primary health care, regardless of geographic location, nationality, income level or insurance status.

History of the Association

The Washington Association of Community & Migrant Health Centers (WACMHC) is a non-profit organization, formed in 1985, to advocate on behalf of the low-income, uninsured, and underserved populations of Washington State served by community health centers. These health centers serve low income and other persons with limited access to health care.

WACMHC is one of 51 State or Regional Primary Care Associations (PCAs) whose members are comprised of the over 5,000 community health centers located throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and Guam.

The Association is owned by its regular membership consisting of community health centers, migrant health centers, and Urban Indian Health Programs. The 26 member health centers operate more than 200 clinic sites across the state, in both rural and urban areas.

Founded by community health centers in Washington State, Community Health Network of Washington (CHNW) is a community health center based delivery network whose mission is to improve the health status of our communities through the provision of high-quality, affordable, community-based health care to underserved individuals and families, and through sustaining the network of community health centers and affiliated businesses. CHNW manages the health care of 225,000 of these people through Community Health Plan in the Medicaid, Basic Health and PEBB programs. CHNW also provides shared services and information technology solutions; and serves as a collection and dissemination point for best practices. CHNW and WACMHC work together to staff the Joint Legislative Committee with a Joint Public Policy Team.

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