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Public Health Initiatives and Funding

Community Health Centers: Primary Medical & Dental Care

Low-income, uninsured and underinsured people commonly lack the ability to pay for health care, and significant health disparities exist for those living in poverty. For this reason, the City of Seattle funds Seattle's community health centers. These centers help assure better access to health care for people living in Seattle.

The centers offer primary medical and dental care to those who would not otherwise get it. Regardless of ability to pay, low-income, uninsured and underinsured people are offered health services, including management of chronic health conditions, on a discounted or sliding scale basis. The centers also help individuals and families with enrollment in government-funded health insurance packages.

City funding is allocated to Seattle community health centers through Public Health-Seattle & King County, the agency responsible for overseeing community health center programs funded by the City. City of Seattle General Fund allocations to health care agencies are determined through a competitive process conducted by the Seattle Human Services Department. Funding during funding cycles depends upon program performance and revenues. In 2010, we spent over $6.2 million in City General Funds on the centers and will do again, in 2011.

2011 Funded Agencies and Programs

  • Childrens Hospital Regional Health Center
    - Odessa Brown Childrens Clinic (dental)

  • Country Doctor Community Health Center
    - Carolyn Downs Family Medical Center (medical only)
    - Country Doctor Community Clinic (medical only)

  • Harborview Medical Center
    - Pioneer Square Clinic (medical only)

  • International Community Health Services
    - Holly Park Clinic (medical and dental)
    - International District Clinic (medical and dental)

  • Public Health - Seattle & King County
    - Columbia Public Health Dental Clinic
    - Downtown Public Health Dental Clinic
    - North Public Health Dental Clinic

  • Neighborcare Health formerly Puget Sound Neighborhood Health Centers

  • - 45th Street Clinic (medical and dental)
    - Central Area Dental Clinic (dental only)
    - Georgetown Dental Clinic (dental only)
    - Greenwood Medical Clinic (medical only)
    - High Point Clinic (medical and dental)
    - Pike Market Medical Clinic (medical only)
    - Rainier Park Medical Clinic (medical only)
    - Rainier Beach Clinic (medical only)
    - Southeast Seattle Dental Clinic (dental only)

  • Midwifery & Womens Health

  • Sea Mar Community Health Center
    - Sea Mar Medical/Dental Clinic
    - South Park Medical/Dental Clinic
    - White Center Medical/Dental Clinic

  • Seattle Indian Health Board

  • - Leschi Dental Clinic

  • Health Care Access Services
    This program helps underserved, low-income populations learn about and access available health services and benefits. The agencies participating in the King County Project Access are The Center for Multi-cultural Health and the YWCA.


For more information about the Seattle Community Health Centers, call 206-296-4600.

For more information about City of Seattle public health programs and services, call 206-684-0684 or e-mail

For more information about our public health partners and related programs, visit:


Seattle Human Services Department
Street address: 700 5th Avenue, Suite 5800, Seattle, WA 98104
Mailing address: PO Box 34215, Seattle, WA 98124-4215

Phone: 206-386-1001
Fax: 206-233-5119
TTY/TTD: 206-233-2778

Accommodations for people with disabilities provided upon request.