Community Health Centers of Pinellas, Inc. (CHCP), is a not-for-profit Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that provides affordable, primary health care services to the residents of Pinellas County, Florida. CHCP complies with Section 330 of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act. Additionally, CHCP is dually-accredited from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. (AAAHC) and the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and certified as a patient-centered Medical Home. CHCP currently operates eleven health centers throughout Pinellas County, providing strategically-targeted services to underserved, low-income, uninsured, and underinsured communities.

CHCP began in 1980 as the vision of Dr. Johnnie Ruth Clarke, the first African American woman to obtain her PhD from the University of Florida’s College of Education. Dr. Clarke 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 the Lakeview Presbyterian Church as the Johnnie Ruth Clarke (JRC) Health Center. 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 healthcare facility and opened its doors to patients on February 2, 2004.

Today you will find CHCP’s eleven health centers conveniently located to serve residents throughout the county in Clearwater, Dunedin, Largo, Pinellas Park, Lealman, St. Petersburg, and Tarpon Springs. CHCP hires board-certified, culturally-diverse providers that are representative of the communities they serve. In 2017, CHCP provided care to almost 50,000 patients with over 190,000 visits throughout its system of care.

Services provided include: Family Medicine, Pediatric, OB/GYN, Dental, 340B Pharmacy, Behavioral Health, Nutrition, Exercise, Enrollment Assistance, Chiropractic, and Podiatry. As part of the Medical Home concept, CHCP operates by a team-based health care delivery model led by a health care provider that is intended to provide comprehensive and continuous medical care to patients with the goal of obtaining maximized health outcomes. Partnerships are facilitated between patients, their providers and when appropriate, the patient’s family.

Strategic community partnerships have enabled CHCP to enhance access to additional services needed by the patient and family. Some community partners include: BayCare, Bayfront Health System, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, Healthy Start (helping pregnant women stay healthy during their pregnancy and access programs for which they might be eligible such as Medicaid and WIC), Suncoast Center, Inc. (Behavioral Health partner), Operation PAR (substance use disorder partner) and the Suncoast Health Council MedNet© Prescription Assistance Program.

Mission: Provide quality healthcare for all.

Vision: 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.