In 1982, a group of 20 people representing social service organizations gathered together to form the Low Income Healthcare Committee. From the discussions of this group, the Community Health Referral Center (CHRC) was founded in 1983. The Board and staff of CHRC and the medical community saw that a referral center was not adequate to meet the needs of the underserved. Starting with one Nurse Practitioner, in addition to the office staff, the focus was changed from a referral center to a medical clinic in 1985. On February 24, 1987, our name was changed to Community Health Center of Snohomish County.
CHC operates seven medical clinics, five dental clinics and five pharmacies. We are located in Arlington, Edmonds, North Everett, Central Everett, South Everett and Lynnwood. In 2018, CHC provided 202,985 patient visits to 62,112 individuals.
CHC's target population is persons whose household income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. 98% of our current patients are in this income category. Approximately 95% of our patients are uninsured or participate in Apple Health, Medicaid and Medicare. Nearly one-third of our patients state a language other than English as their primary language.
CHC is a member of the Community Health Plan of Washington, a not-for-profit, state licensed health insurance company established in 1992. CHPW provides coverage for people in 33 counties.