Connecting Rhode Island to High Quality Comprehensive Health Care

Since 1972, the Rhode Island Health Center Association has supported our members as they provide high quality, affordable primary care. Rhode Island’s eight Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) are located at more than 30 locations throughout the state and offer a variety of services. Every community health center offers services for you and your family where everyone is treated with respect, trust, and understanding.

Health Centers Offer:

Primary Medical Care

Rhode Island’s eight FQHCs provide comprehensive preventative and primary medical care for people of all ages. Community health centers employ a highly skilled and culturally diverse workforce of primary care physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, and certified nurse midwives.

Dental Services

Over the years, Rhode Island’s community health centers have worked in partnership with state, federal, and private support to increase the state’s dental infrastructure for low-income patients. All of our community health centers provide dental care to adults and children who have RIte Care, Medicaid, private insurance, and to patients without insurance.

Mental health and substance abuse services

In addition to providing medical and dental care, the community health centers provide their patients access to licensed mental health providers, psychiatrists, and substance abuse counselors.

Health Insurance Application Assistance

Community health centers provide care to patients regardless of insurance coverage or ability to pay. Fees for patients without insurance are determined from a sliding fee scale based upon income and family size. The health centers are committed to helping all of our patients get access to insurance coverage if they are eligible. We work closely with HealthSource RI to help patients determine whether they are eligible for help paying for health insurance. Many patients will be eligible for coverage through Medicaid or for tax credits to help them pay for private health insurance. For additional information, visit our Outreach & Enrollment section.

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children - better known as the WIC Program - serves to safeguard the health of eligible women, infants, & children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk. This program provides nutritious foods to supplement diets, information on healthy eating, and referrals to health care. For more information about the WIC program, click here.

Other services include:

  • Case management
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Patient and community education
  • Pediatric and adolescent medical care
  • Pharmacy assistance programs
  • Smoking cessation programs
  • Vision and hearing screenings