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Our History


For over 32 years, CHCP has been working to improve the health and well-being of the people in and around our community. CHCP strives to live and breathe the mission to provide quality healthcare services to all. The vision gives life to our mission: Services are provided with dignity at the lowest possible cost to our patients, in locations and at times, most convenient to the population we serve. We emphasize health maintenance, prevention, promotion and education in self-care.  Services provided include: Family and Pediatric Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology Care, Dental Care, Podiatry, Nutrition, Behavioral Health and Pharmacy. 

As part of the Medical Home concept embraced by CHCP, “Comprehensive primary care is provided to facilitate partnerships between individual patients, their personal providers and when appropriate, the patient’s family.” Strategic partnerships have enabled CHCP to help the patient and the practitioner access all medical and non-medical services needed by the patient and family. Some of our community partners include: BayCare Bayfront Health System Healthy Start (helping pregnant women stay healthy during their pregnancy and access programs for which they might be eligible – Medicaid, WIC, etc.) Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Suncoast Center, Inc. (Behavioral Health Partner) Suncoast Health Council Mednet© Navigation (prescription assistance) Community Health Centers of Pinellas, Inc. continues to address unmet needs in Pinellas County. Recently,
 HRSA funded a construction project to build CHCP’s 11th health center in Lealman (Winter/Spring of 2018).  Community Health Centers of Pinellas, Inc. remains committed to increasing access to members of our community and anticipates expanding services at the Bayfront and Clearwater locations.

Community Health Centers of Pinellas, Inc. (CHCP) began in 1980 as the vision of Johnnie Ruth Clarke. Dr. Johnnie Ruth Clarke, the first African American woman to obtain her PhD, was a civil rights activist and a pioneer in the fight against sickle cell anemia. Her activism attempted to fill a gap in medical services for many African-American residents of St. Petersburg. In 1985 CHCP opened its first health center on the grounds of Lakeview Presbyterian Church as the Johnnie Ruth Clark (JRC) Health Center. CHCP achieved status as a Federally Qualified Health Center in 1993. JRC was successful in its efforts to serve the community and soon outgrew its space and new accommodations were sought. The historic Mercy Hospital located in St. Petersburg in southern Pinellas County was determined a suitable space. This landmark hospital was transformed into a state-of-the-art Health Center and opened its doors to their first patient on February 2, 2004. Since that time CHCP has expanded services to 9 other health centers (10 in total) conveniently located to serve residents in north and central Pinellas County in the cities of: Clearwater, Dunedin, Largo, Pinellas Park, St. Petersburg and Tarpon Springs.

Our Mission

Community Health Centers of Pinellas's mission is to provide quality healthcare services to all.