Community health centers: unrecognized partners in health professions education

J Health Care Poor Underserved. 1999 Aug;10(3):349-61. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2010.0551.


Increasing demand for health professionals with training in ambulatory and primary care practice is placing stress on existing training site capacity. Community health centers can serve as model training sites, offering comprehensive multidisciplinary health care services and teaching clinician role models. In this study, 32 Illinois community and migrant health centers and federally qualified health centers were surveyed to asses their involvement with training in the past three years. Thirty centers had offered training to students from many disciplines, with nursing (27 centers) and medicine (24) the most frequent. Most centers had established formal relationships with training institutions but generally had limited involvement with course planning. Continued participation will likely require adequate funding, with some centers also seeking stronger institutional relationships and better integration of community health issues. Educators and policy makers may need to take a more active role in supporting centers, acquiring funds, and other enabling factors.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Competence*
  • Community Health Centers / organization & administration*
  • Curriculum
  • Health Facility Administrators / psychology
  • Health Occupations / education*
  • Humans
  • Illinois
  • Interinstitutional Relations*
  • Models, Educational
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Training Support
  • Transients and Migrants