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About CHC

Community Health Centers of the Central Coast (CHC) is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in central California that provides comprehensive, integrated healthcare, dental and social services to the underserved patient population in the San Luis Obispo and northern Santa Barbara Counties of California. Initially formed in response to community concerns regarding the health and social needs of low-income agricultural and migrant farmworker populations, CHC is headquartered in beautiful Santa Maria. Celebrating its 45th year as a safety net health center, CHC now serves nearly 110,000 unique patients annually – ranking among the top 10 community health centers in California by visits.

CHC became a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in 1978 and is an FTCA-deemed facility and Joint Commission Accredited. In addition, CHC is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. Governed by a committed Volunteer Community Board of Directors, most of whom are also patients, CHC is a clinic directed by its patients and the community. Most of the clinicians are direct employees working exclusively for CHC. With numerous specialty services, a handful of specialty clinicians provide care by contract.


 

Clinic Patient Profile

Billable Patients Seen
CY 2022 (UDS Report): 109,395
Billable Encounters
CY 2022 (UDS Report): 549,543
Gender
57% Female / 43% Male
Age
31% under age 18, 59% ages 18-64, 10% age 65+
Race
9% unreported, 84% White, 3% American Indian/Alaskan
Native

1% Black, 2% Asian, 1% other
Ethnicity
65% Hispanic, 35% Non-Hispanic
Language
41% Best Served in Another Language (primarily Spanish)
Income (patient)
68% under 200% Federal Poverty Level, 8% over 200% Federal Poverty Level, Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker: 30%
Leading Medical Diagnosis
(2022 UDS Report): Overweight and obesity, hypertension, anxiety disorders including PDST, diabetes, novel coronavirus Covid-19 disease, depression and other mood disorders, asthma, tobacco use disorders, heart disease, otitis media and eustachian tube disorders, lack of expected physiological development, contact dermatitis & other eczema, attention deficit and disruptive behavior, chronic lower respiratory diseases, other substance-related disorders, abnormal breast findings in females, alcohol-related disorders, and abnormal cervical findings.

Billable Patients Seen
CY 2022 (UDS Report): 109,395
Billable Encounters
CY 2022 (UDS Report): 549,543
Gender
57% Female / 43% Male
Age
31% under age 18, 59% ages 18-64, 10% age 65+
Race
9% unreported, 84% White, 3% American Indian/Alaskan
Native

1% Black, 2% Asian, 1% other
Ethnicity
65% Hispanic, 35% Non-Hispanic
Language
41% Best Served in Another Language (primarily Spanish)
Income (patient)
68% under 200% Federal Poverty Level, 8% over 200% Federal Poverty Level, Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker: 30%
Leading Medical Diagnosis
(2022 UDS Report): Overweight and obesity, hypertension, anxiety disorders including PDST, diabetes, novel coronavirus Covid-19 disease, depression and other mood disorders, asthma, tobacco use disorders, heart disease, otitis media and eustachian tube disorders, lack of expected physiological development, contact dermatitis & other eczema, attention deficit and disruptive behavior, chronic lower respiratory diseases, other substance-related disorders, abnormal breast findings in females, alcohol-related disorders, and abnormal cervical findings.

 

Recent Recognitions

In 2022, ACAP acknowledged CHC with their national ‘Supporting the Safety Net’ award.  “This is akin to winning the World Series of national health centers!” – said Steve Clarke, Medical Director at CHC. Additional recognitions include:








 

Living & Working on the Central Coast

While headquartered in Santa Maria, our network of clinics extends across a remarkable 120-mile stretch along the scenic central coast, encompassing charming Cambria in the north and the picturesque Lompoc Valley in the south, adorned with blooming flower fields. These communities offer a delightful blend of a small-town ambiance and contemporary amenities. Imagine practicing medicine amidst breathtaking landscapes, with easy access to enchanting beaches, vibrant wineries, delightful dining experiences, tranquil lakes, and premier golf courses. Join us in shaping a fulfilling medical career and embracing the beauty of this remarkable region.




The Central Coast

Picture this: a land of pure magic and breathtaking beauty that makes your heart skip a beat. The vibe here is the total opposite of big-city chaos. You breathe in that clean, crisp air, whether on the golf course, at any of the 200-plus local wineries or taking it slow at the bbq pit with friends. Hiking, beachcombing, wine tasting, lakes or just soaking in a view of the Pacific – this slice of paradise has it all.

Cost of Living

Much more affordable than the city of Santa Barbara, Santa Maria has a living index of 119 (Santa Barbara is 223.4) with homes available in a variety of price ranges averaging $650K to 1.5M (Zillow home values). Similar indexes apply for most of the cities in San Luis Obispo county.


Pleasant Climate Year-round

We have a Mediterranean climate – warm and dry in the summer and slightly cooler/wetter in the winter. The ocean helps to moderate temperatures, keeping them generally consistent throughout the year. Being outdoors most of the year is common in our scenic and comfortable slice of paradise.

Quality/Choice of Schools

Area schools offer excellent public education throughout K-12. Most high schools offer advanced placement and pre-college level classes. Several elementary sites are nationally recognized as ‘Distinguished Schools.’ Private/charter schools are also available. California Polytechnic University & Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo are well-known for sciences and medical arts.

Local Attractions & Highlights

Known for amazing food, produce, local wine and beer, all your senses are stirred with several beaches and nearly 300 wine/beer tasting rooms. World-famous, Santa Maria Style BBQ is a 150-year-old tradition you can taste across the region. The Pismo Beach Clam Festival, Monarch Dunes Butterfly Habitat, the famed Hearst Castle and a nearby elephant seal rookery are just a few of the coastal sights.

Nearby Key Destinations

Experience it all in your own backyard: Pismo Beach, Morro Bay, Santa Barbara Wharf, wine tasting in the Santa Maria Valley, San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles regions, the Madonna Inn, the Danish community of Solvang, Chumash Casino, several lakes, the quaint mountain village of Cambria and more than 30 golf courses – are all within easy reach.

 

Living & Working on the Central Coast

While headquartered in Santa Maria, our network of clinics extends across a remarkable 120-mile stretch along the scenic central coast, encompassing charming Cambria in the north and the picturesque Lompoc Valley in the south, adorned with blooming flower fields. These communities offer a delightful blend of a small-town ambiance and contemporary amenities. Imagine practicing medicine amidst breathtaking landscapes, with easy access to enchanting beaches, vibrant wineries, delightful dining experiences, tranquil lakes, and premier golf courses. Join us in shaping a fulfilling medical career and embracing the beauty of this remarkable region.




The Central Coast

Picture this: a land of pure magic and breathtaking beauty that makes your heart skip a beat. The vibe here is the total opposite of big-city chaos. You breathe in that clean, crisp air, whether on the golf course, at any of the 200-plus local wineries or taking it slow at the bbq pit with friends. Hiking, beachcombing, wine tasting, lakes or just soaking in a view of the Pacific – this slice of paradise has it all.

Cost of Living

Much more affordable than the city of Santa Barbara, Santa Maria has a living index of 119 (Santa Barbara is 223.4) with homes available in a variety of price ranges averaging $650K to 1.5M (Zillow home values). Similar indexes apply for most of the cities in San Luis Obispo county.


Pleasant Climate Year-round

We have a Mediterranean climate – warm and dry in the summer and slightly cooler/wetter in the winter. The ocean helps to moderate temperatures, keeping them generally consistent throughout the year. Being outdoors most of the year is common in our scenic and comfortable slice of paradise.

Quality/Choice of Schools

Area schools offer excellent public education throughout K-12. Most high schools offer advanced placement and pre-college level classes. Several elementary sites are nationally recognized as ‘Distinguished Schools.’ Private/charter schools are also available. California Polytechnic University & Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo are well-known for sciences and medical arts.

Local Attractions & Highlights

Known for amazing food, produce, local wine and beer, all your senses are stirred with several beaches and nearly 300 wine/beer tasting rooms. World-famous, Santa Maria Style BBQ is a 150-year-old tradition you can taste across the region. The Pismo Beach Clam Festival, Monarch Dunes Butterfly Habitat, the famed Hearst Castle and a nearby elephant seal rookery are just a few of the coastal sights.

Nearby Key Destinations

Experience it all in your own backyard: Pismo Beach, Morro Bay, Santa Barbara Wharf, wine tasting in the Santa Maria Valley, San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles regions, the Madonna Inn, the Danish community of Solvang, Chumash Casino, several lakes, the quaint mountain village of Cambria and more than 30 golf courses – are all within easy reach.


 

Provider Benefits

Competitive salary

Sign-on bonus

Relocation bonus

FTCA malpractice and gap insurance

401k 10% employer contribution after one year of full-time employment


Health insurance (medical, dental, optical, life, STD, LTD)

Continuing medical education

Allowance for books, medical society or one board specialty

Paid time off: sick, vacation, holidays

Loan forgiveness opportunities through National Health Service Core or CA State Loan Program for those who qualify

Licensure, DEA and Board Certification paid



 

CHC Locations

CHC operates Federally Qualified Health Centers in northern Santa Barbara County and San Luis Obispo County, with 29 total clinic locations in the following cities: 


San Miguel

Cambria

Paso Robles

Atascadero

Templeton

San Luis Obispo

Arroyo Grande


Oceano

New Cuyama

Nipomo

Santa Maria

Guadalupe

Lompoc

Los Alamos


CHC clinic locations on the central coast
CHC locations along the Central Coast – click/tap for larger view

For exact location and complete details on all CHC clinic sites, view the CHC Locations page.



 

CHC Services

PRIMARY HEALTHCARE
Family Medicine

Pediatrics
Internal Medicine
Obstetrics/Gynecology

DENTAL
Adult Dentistry
Pediatric Dentistry
Orthodontia
Mobile Dental Services

WOMEN’S HEALTH
Gynecology
Obstetrics
Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program (CPSP)

SPECIALTY CARE
Gastroenterology

Infectious Disease
Nephrology
Orthopedics
Podiatry
Rheumatology


CHIROPRACTIC CARE
Treatment

Education
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
Psychiatry (in-person & telehealth)
Individual Counseling (LCSWs, ACSWs)
Medication Management (Psychiatry)

OPTOMETRY
Comprehensive Exams

Glasses / Contact Lenses
Management of Ocular Disease
Eye Emergencies (pink eye/red
eyes, foreign body removal)
Mobile Exams for Schools

HEALTH EDUCATION
Education for Chronic Disease
Individual Counseling
Nutrition Counseling
Registered Dietician Services
Group Classes


TELEMEDICINE
Access to specialists via video visits:
Episodic & Behavioral Health Services

PHARMACY SERVICES
Onsite Pharmacies at select sites

ANCILLARY SERVICES
In-house Lab Draw Stations

Limited X-Ray Services at select sites
Transportation for patients
Translation Services for patients

COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Healthcare for the Homeless

Farmworker Outreach Services
School-based Health Services





 

Contact CHC Today

For more information or to begin your application process, please contact:

Madisyn Masatani
Talent Acquisition Manager
Phone: 1-805-346-3975
Email: [email protected]


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