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Community Health Centers (CHCs) are community-based and patient-directed organizations that serve populations with limited access to healthcare. These include low-income populations, the uninsured, and those with limited English proficiency.

Some health centers receive specific funding to focus on certain special populations:

  • Migrant and seasonal farm workers
  • Individuals and families experiencing homelessness
  • Individuals living in public housing
  • Native Hawaiians

In the Dakotas, there are multiple CHC organizations providing these programs. 

Health Care for the Homeless Program

The Health Care for the Homeless Program is a major source of care for homeless persons in the United States. The program serves patients who live on the street, in shelters or in transitional housing. In 2011, HRSA-funded health centers served more than 1 million persons experiencing homelessness.

Health Care for the Homeless grantees recognize the complex needs of homeless persons and strive to provide a coordinated, comprehensive approach to health care including substance abuse and mental health services.

Frequently Asked Questions on Health Care for the Homeless Program 

Contact the following organizations for information on services in these communities.

School-Based Health Centers

Students learn better when they feel good. Partnerships between schools and the health center program allow students to manage everything from an ear infection to a chronic disease such as diabetes or asthma. On-site health services keep students in the classroom and parents in the workplace.

School-based health centers in the Dakotas:


Community Health Center of the Black Hills

General Beadle School-Based Health Center Rapid City, SD
Falls Community Health

Hawthorne Elementary School-Based Sioux Falls, SD

Hayward Elementary School-Based Sioux Falls, SD

Terry Redlin Elementary School-Based Sioux Falls, SD
Prairie Community Health, Inc.

Tiospaye Topa School Clinic LaPlant, SD
Rural Health Care, Inc.

Buchanan Elementary Pierre, SD



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