HealthDay News — Since 2000, increased federal funding for community health centers has helped low-income adults get access to primary care and dental care, according to researchers.

Stacey McMorrow, PhD, and Stephen Zuckerman, PhD, both from the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C., utilized data from the Bureau of Primary Health Care’s Uniform Data System collected from 2000 to 2007 to assess federal funding for health centers.

Data from the National Health Interview Survey 2001 to 2008 was used to assess individual-level measures of healthcare access and use. The findings were published in Health Services Research.

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Community health center funding increase from $1.3 billion to $2 billion from 2002 to 2007. Low-income adults were more likely to have an office visit and to have a general doctor visit in markets with larger funding increases. For uninsured and publicly insured adults, the results were stronger.

“Expansions in federal health center funding had some mitigating effects on the access declines that were generally experienced by low-income adults over this time period,” the researchers concluded.


  1. McMorrow S, Zuckerman S. Health Services Research. 2013; doi: 10.1111/1475-6773.12141.