Cabin Creek Health Systems (CCHS) is a non-profit, community-owned community health center. It operates four community health centers in rural areas of Kanawha County, in southern West Virginia. The health centers serve communities with high rates of poverty, behavioral health risks and chronic disease. The first health center (Cabin Creek Health Center), and still largest site, opened in 1973 in Dawes, WV as a result of an extensive community effort to improve access to primary care in a rural coal mining area. The second health center (Riverside Health Center) was opened in 2001. It is in a facility that adjoins a large high school in Belle, WV and serves as both a school-based and community health center. The third and forth health centers were opened in April of 2007 in the communities of Sissonville and Clendenin.
The medical staff currently includes physicians, PAs, pharmacists, and mental health providers. The comprehensive preventive and curative primary care services include prenatal care, pediatrics, adult chronic and acute care, integrated mental health services, school based health center services, pharmacy, and independent lab services. The health centers pharmacy participates in a drug discount program. The health center is a provider for the West Virginiaís Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening and Family Planning programs. CCHS currently participates in the Health Disparities Collaborative to improve diabetes care.
The service areas of the two clinics includes more than three counties, with 52,000 persons. The poverty rates are over 50% higher than the nationís and 33% higher than the state rates. In April 2007 CCHS added two health centers (in the communities of Sissonville and Clendenin) and has expanded its medical staff both to cover the additional sites and expand services at its traditional sites.
Because of the expanded number of sites and providers and the increased demand as a result of increased numbers of uninsured CCHS expanded the number of patient visits and users by 80% in the past year.
Click here to see pictures of the Cabin Creek area and past and present photographs of those involved with the work of developing the Cabin Creek health centers.