History

Community Health Day. Alameda Health Center's first Executive Director, Harvey Smith (far left), is seated in the among community members.

Alameda Health Consortium’s first Executive Director, Harvey Smith (far left), is seated among community members at the Health Policy Forum during Community Health Day in 1982.

Alameda Health Consortium was founded as a non-profit organization to advocate for and support community-based health centers in Alameda County that emerged from the national community health center movement of the 1960s and 1970s.

AHC's current Executive Director Ralph Silber with Christopher Martinez, AHC's first Policy Analyst, protesting tax loopholes in Oakland, CA in [year].

Alameda Health Consortium’s current Executive Director Ralph Silber with Christopher Martinez, first Policy Analyst, protesting tax loopholes in Oakland, CA.

This dynamic social movement arose because the health care needs of low-income communities were not being met by the mainstream health care system. Community-based federally qualified health centers now provide access to affordable, high quality health care, where people are treated with respect and dignity regardless of income, education, insurance status, race/ethnicity and immigration status.  Since its founding the early 1970s, the Alameda Health Consortium has grown as a regional association of eight community-based, private non-profit federally-qualified health centers (FQHCs). Together, the member health centers operate more than 75 clinic locations that serve more than 184,000 people in Alameda County in 2014.

Left to right: Congressman Mike Honda, Board Member Sherry Hirota, and Executive Director Ralph Silber.

Left to right: Congressman Mike Honda, Board Member Sherry Hirota, and Executive Director Ralph Silber, Clinic Appreciation Awards 2012.

 

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