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.


Our member health centers formed CHCN in 1996 to participate more effectively in newly-launched state managed care programs. The formation of CHCN built upon 20 years of collaboration in health policy and advocacy work through the Alameda Health Consortium.

Life at CHCN

Employee Quotes/Testimonials

I’ve been with CHCN for a while now, and I’ve seen the company grow from 25 to 90 employees! What has always impressed me is our CEO, Ralph Silber. Even as the company has grown, he’s kept an open-door policy inviting anyone into his office to talk with him.
– Joi Triplett, employed at CHCN 13 years


Working at CHCN, I feel surrounded by people who are dedicated to improving high quality, culturally appropriate patient care for those who need it most. From our counterparts at each of the clinics, to our leadership, it’s the people that make the organization strong and successful.
– Molly Hart, employed at CHCN 5 years

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