RHCs - What They Are & Challenges

Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) care for underserved populations. All RHCs are, by definition, serving lowincome patients in areas that have a shortage of medical services. It is a big responsibility as these patients tend to be sicker and more medically in need than average.

California population map. California Association of Rural Health Clinics | Granite Bay, CACalifornia is a HUGE state – grappling with the state’s vast geography is a significant challenge.

  • 85% of the state’s land mass is rural
  • Rural CA is home to more than 5 million people, or 13.7% of the state’s population
  • Nearly 1 out of every 60 Americans live in rural CA.
    California’s RHCs
  • There are 303 California RHCs as of January 2012
    • 124 Hospital Based
    • 163 Private Practices
    • 16 Community Based
  • There is at least one RHC in 43 (of 58) CA counties.

California Clinic world, Jan 2012. California Association of Rural Health Clinics | Granite Bay, CAServices RHCs Provide

  • Primary Care – Family Practice, Pediatrics, Obstetrics, Internal Medicine, Perinatal
  • Specialty Care – Including Orthopedics, ENT, Gastroenterology, Surgery, Urology, Cardiology
  • Dentistry
  • Behavioral Health