It is important to work at the community level to promote healthy living and prevent choric diseases. This is where community health centers come into action. These centers work at the community level offering services like free womens clinic to bring the benefits of these centers to the maximum number of people in need. Community health centers also help reduce the gaps that are resulted due to the differences in location, ethnicity, income, social status, and many other factors that can affect the health of people.

Chronic Diseases: A Public Threat in the US

Chronic conditions and diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart diseases, and cancer have become the leading reasons of disability and death in the United States. Recent studies on chronic diseases have revealed that:


  • Almost 50{7c7dd96e565bdd69b64cd32db257732204fcb903ab926deb5ae0158f41123fbe} all the adults in the US suffer from a chronic condition or disease.
  • One in three Americans suffers from high blood pressure and issues related to that.
  • About two million incidents of strokes and heart attacks are reported in the United States every year.
  • Seven out of ten deaths in the US are caused by some chronic disease.
  • For each dollar spent for healthcare, seventy-five cents is spent for the treatment of chronic diseases.

Studies conducted in the field of chronic diseases and conditions show that these risk factors affect some of the ethnic and racial groups more than other groups. For instance, the rate of obesity is the highest in non-Hispanic black communities than among whites, and they are more likely to have heart-related problems and diseases.

Community health centers promote healthy behavior where people live, work, learn, and play. The goal of these centers is to bring forward lasting changes that will reduce the risk of chronic diseases, lack of physical exercise, tobacco use, and unhealthy eating habits.

The federal government came forward with the idea of community health centers as a community approach to healthy living and it has lasting and broad effects than the efforts taken by people individually to introduce some healthy changes in the community. Community health care also offers many benefits as the treatment costs much less than nursing home care and hospitalization. The community health care program reaches millions of US citizens today, ensuring that they live a healthy and long life.

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    About the Author

    Dr. Ghassan M. Al-Jazayrly, MD

    A graduate of University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Al-Jazayrly or, as he is colloquially known: Dr. AJ, is an oncologist and hematologist of a Complete Care Community Health Center (CCCHC) with more than 36 years of experience. In recent years, he’s been involved with a non profit organization known as Every Woman Counts (EWC) which provides free breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services to California’s underserved populations in order to eliminate health disparities for low-income individuals.

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