Mission & History

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Ralph Silber, CEO, Community Health Center Network


The Community Health Center Network is a partnership of community health centers committed to enhancing our ability to provide comprehensive, quality health care in a manner respectful of community traditions and values.

Guiding Principles

  • All people have the right to accessible and affordable high quality health care that prevents illness, promotes wellness, and is sensitive to the unique needs of particular communities and cultures.
  • The barriers that prevent people from seeking care must be eliminated.
  • Individuals and families must be empowered to participate in their own health care.
  • Patients must have access to culturally competent and linguistically appropriate care
  • Low-income and underserved people play an important role in the formation of health policy at the local, state, and national level.
  • Building consensus and coalitions around important health issues leads to innovative solutions.
  • Providing quality health care improves the well-being of our communities.
  • By addressing the social determinants of health, we can start to eliminate health disparities and promote health equity.


AHC’s member health centers formed CHCN in 1996 to participate more effectively in Medi-Cal managed care programs. The formation of CHCN is built on over 25 years of collaboration in health policy and advocacy work through AHC. CHCN is committed to excellent, affordable care for underserved communities of the East Bay.


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