ArticleDeserving the Spotlight Health Centers Provide High-Quality and Cost-Effective CareProser, Michelle MPP Author Information National Association of Community Health Centers, Inc, Washington, DC. Corresponding author: Michelle Proser, MPP, National Association of Community Health Centers, Inc, 2001 L St, NW, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20036 (e-mail: [email protected]). Journal of Ambulatory Care Management: October 2005 - Volume 28 - Issue 4 - p 321-330 Buy Abstract Community health centers were designed to overcome barriers to healthcare and narrow health disparities faced by underserved communities. Given the increased attention health centers are now receiving over expansion efforts, questions over their quality of care and cost-effectiveness must be addressed. This article reviews the relevant literature and documents that health centers improve access for hard-to-reach and underserved populations, provide continuous and high-quality primary care, and reduce the use of costlier providers of care, such as emergency departments and hospitals. The health center model produces substantial benefits for patients, communities, insurers, and governments. © 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.