In 1982, a group of individuals representing various social service organizations collaborated to create the Low Income Healthcare Committee. Based on this committee, the Community Health Referral Center was eventually formed in 1983 in Snohomish County, WA. After this point, the facility went through many organizational and name changes, such as changing focus from a referral center to a medical clinic in 1985 and later changing its name to Community Health Center of Snohomish County (CHC) in 1987.
Locations and Services
CHC, now lead by Chief Executive Officer Robert Farrell, has five separate clinics including clinics in Arlington, Edmonds, Everett-North, Everett-South and Lynnwood. If you would like more details regarding the exact street addresses and phone numbers of their individual clinics, please visit their location page here.
The various locations of CHC provide a variety of medical services to the community. Their network of clinics offers services in family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, behavioral health, psychiatric health, dental health and dental hygiene. However, potential patients should keep in mind that not all clinics offer all of the aforementioned services, so it would be wise to visit their website to determine which location provides the services that you need. Thankfully, medical walk-ins are also available at their Lynnwood Clinic, and dental walk-ins are also offered at all of the network’s clinics. You can also find on-site discount pharmacies at each of the network’s five locations. It must also be noted that their clinics should not for immediate life-threatening emergencies. If this type of emergency occurs, patients should immediately dial 911 or visit an emergency room.
CHC in the News
As of late, CHC has also been making waves in the community as made evident by an article written in the HeraldNet of Everett, WA. According to the article, written by journalist Kari Bray, the CHC has teamed up with the nonprofit group Food Lifeline to help feed hungry children 18 and younger of the Stanwood-Camano School District (which includes Edmonds, Lynnwood, Everett and Sultan) who are going hungry due to gaps in the federal summer meal program. These gaps were created thanks to new census data that determined that the population did not warrant a summer meal disbursement location in the district. This development is quite troublesome to low-income families in the school district, as many of these families used the program last year (last year, 140,000 meals were given out to low-income students). Thanks to CHC, not only can children take advantage of this free program but adults can as well (at certain locations).
A Force for Good
As evident by the services that CHC offers, it is clear that it is a force for good in the community. CHC is simply one of the factors that make Snohomish County a great place, not only through the medical services that it provides, but the charity and external services that the network offers to the varied citizens of the community.
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