Community Primary Health Care Centers

Providing Accessible Healthcare for All New Mexicans


View a Map of New Mexico’s Community Primary Health Care Sites

New Mexico Health Centers Currently Serving:

  • *368,000 patients
  • 19,370 migrant/seasonal farmworkers
  • 18,280 homeless patients
  • 19,000 school-based patients
  • 7,100 Veteran patients
  • 3,100 prenatal care patients

**333,000 patients of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and 30,000 patients of FQHC Look-a-Likes and Rural Health Centers

In 2017, New Mexico Health Centers Provided:

    • Medical Visits                        933,000
    • Dental Vists                           265,350
    • Mental Health Visits
      & Substance Abuse             383,230
    • Health Ed./Case Mgmt.      97,400
    • Vision/Other                         9,680

              Total Visits    1,688,660


Vulnerable Populations Served By New Mexico Federally-Funded and State-Funded Health Centers in 2016


  • Percent of New Mexico’s population served by Health Centers………………………………………………………..17%
  • Percent of all New Mexicans under 100% of poverty  served by Health Centers…………….62%
  • Percent of State’s Medicaid Beneficiaries served by Health Centers…………………………………………..16.5%
  • Percent of State’s Uninsured served by Health Centers…………………………………………………………………….45%
  • Percent of Health Centers located in rural areas……………………………………………………………………………….80%

*2016 Data State PopulationNational AverageNM Health Center Population
Percent Medicaid31%19%41%
Percent Uninsured 11%9%26%
Percent at or under 100% of poverty18%13%75%
Percent under 200% of poverty41%30%95%
Most recent numbers reported via: Kaiser Family Foundation State Facts, US. Census Bureau and FQHC UDS reporting

Health Centers help people become active participants in their own health care with leading disease management programs

  • Primary Care Clinics offer comprehensive primary medical and dental care, as well as health education, behavioral health, community outreach and support programs in 214 locations across the state (106 primary care, 53 dental, 35 school based, and 20 stand-alone behavioral health facilities).
  • Clinics pride themselves on their ability to deliver cost effective, culturally competent, primary care to vulnerable populations, providing services on a sliding fee scale so that insurance status or lack of income is not a barrier to accessing quality health care.
  • Health Centers integrate disease management programs into the delivery of primary care actively involving patients in their own health care and adhering to best practices for clinical treatment of chronic diseases.

Health Centers Support Community Development

  • Health Centers support community development in underserved areas, which are usually characterized by high rates of unemployment and poverty.
  • In New Mexico, health centers employ over 3,500 people. The operating budget has grown to over three hundred million dollars which in turn has generated jobs and community economic development in addition to providing access and improving health status.

Health Centers Bring Doctors and Other Health Professionals to Shortage Areas

  • In 2017, there were 195 National Health Service Corp participants in New Mexico: 175 Loan Repayors and 20 Scholars working in 99 locations across the state. These individuals, including Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Dentists and Social Workers are fulfilling their obligation to work in underserved areas. They predominately work in Community Health Centers.
  • 10 New Mexico Health Service Corp obligors were fulfilling their obligation at Health Centers in 2017.
  • Other health professionals are recruited to work at health centers with incentives provided by Health Professional Loan Repayment Program, Health Loan for Service Programs, and J-1 Visa Programs.

Health Centers Are Built by Community Initiative

  • Communities, though local planning councils and community boards, plan the growth and development, and oversee the operation of health centers.
  • Federal grants and State RPHCA support provide monies to help communities build and operate new or expanded health facilities.