A History of CommuniCare Health Centers:
Promoting Healthy Communities Since 1972
CommuniCare Health Centers is a Federally Qualified Health Center serving our mission “to provide comprehensive and high quality health care to anyone in our community regardless of insurance status or ability to pay”. The history of CommuniCare begins in 1972 when Dr. John H. Jones founded the Davis Free Clinic at the Friends Meeting House of Davis, bringing to Yolo County his vision and philosophy of offering high quality, affordable health care services to those who traditionally did not have access to health care. Dr. Jones also visited farm labor camps and other encampments using a converted milk-delivery truck as a mobile clinic. Eventually, the Davis Free Clinic moved to a larger home in downtown Davis as it continued to expand services, including substance abuse treatment, women’s health, perinatal care and pediatrics.
In 1985, the clinic became the Davis Community Clinic and moved into a former grocery site to accommodate providing 10,000 patient visits per year. In 1990, a dental program was added to the clinic’s growing list of services. When patient visits totaled over 30,000 per year in this facility, the Board of Directors turned to the community for support to build a new Davis Community Clinic, currently located at 2051 John Jones Road.
In 1994, the name “CommuniCare Health Centers” was adopted to describe the family of health centers that today includes the Davis Community Clinic, Hansen Family Health Center in Woodland, Salud Clinic in West Sacramento, and five satellite sites located throughout the area. In 2007, CommuniCare Health Centers became a Federally Qualified Health Center, and in 2014, CommuniCare Health Centers achieved recognition for quality as a Level Three Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH), the highest level of recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance.
In 2008, the National Association of Community Health Centers selected CommuniCare Health Centers as the honored recipient of the Migrant Health Center Outstanding Service Award, recognizing CommuniCare’s excellence in the migrant health care field and the high level of commitment and innovation demonstrated in service to migrant farm workers and their families. The Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society selected CommuniCare Health Centers as the 2009 recipient of the Society’s Medical Community Award. The Medical Community Award is presented annually to a community organization or community leader in El Dorado, Sacramento or Yolo County deserving of high recognition for their significant contribution toward remedying a medical or public health problem and their valued medical service.
In 2019, CommuniCare provided 132,632 patient visits in a safe and welcoming environment to 24,187 patients – approximately one in every nine residents of Yolo County.
CommuniCare Health Centers, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. CommuniCare Health Centers is licensed by the State of California, led by an independent board of directors and is a Federally Qualified Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b. All providers are deemed federal employees, with resultant coverage under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) for actions within the scope of deemed employment, pursuant to 42 U.S.C 233(g)-(n).