Community Health Centers in the Triangle

A county-by-county guide
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Community health centers are nonprofit, community-based and patient-directed health organizations. They provide high quality, affordable and comprehensive medical care, often in impoverished areas. Their goal is to improve the general health of their patients. They do this by offering a variety of services under one roof. These
can include:

• Primary medical care, including pediatrics
• Dental care
• Behavioral and mental health care
• Substance abuse counseling
• Pharmacy and medication assistance programs
• Case management
• Health education
• Health insurance enrollment assistance
• Nutrition counseling
• Interpretation 
• Transportation
• Women, Infant and Children (WIC) Food and Nutrition programs

Ben Money, the CEO and president of the North Carolina Community Health Care Association, says he believes many people think community health centers are exclusively for low-income families. This is not true, he says. Anyone can receive care at a community health center, even people who have medical insurance. 

“Community health care facilities have a focus on high-quality care with board-certified providers,” Money says. “The neat thing is that they are operating in a really holistic way.” 

At these centers, primary care providers, pharmacists and counselors are together in the same building so they can collaborate and coordinate care for their patients. If a doctor identifies a new health issue during a visit, services that focus on that issue may also be available.

Community health centers receive federal funding to help subsidize the fees associated with their services. Those fees can be adjusted on a sliding scale based on a patient’s ability to pay. Eligibility for the sliding fee scales are based on income and the number of people in a patient’s household, according to federal poverty guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. 

Many community health centers also have access to other programs that can help patients manage costs. In order to determine qualifications for reduced rates, patients need to contact the specific community health center they are planning to visit.

Unfortunately, this funding is not guaranteed. Community health centers realize greater economic stability by increasing the number of patients who have private insurance, or with patients who are covered by Medicare and Medicaid. Bringing those patients into a community health center is challenging because many people don’t know these facilities exist. Community health centers aren’t all run by the same organization, nor do they share a logo, so people often have a difficult time identifying them.

Here’s a list of community health centers located across the Triangle.


Durham County

Durham Recovery Response Center
309 Crutchfield St., Durham
Open 24/7

Early Intervention Clinic
414 E. Main St., Durham
Open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Holton Wellness Center
401 N. Driver St., Durham
Open Monday, Thursday and Friday: 8:15 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Tuesday-Wednesday: 8:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (closed daily 12:30-1:30 p.m. and 4:30-
5:30 p.m.)

John H. Lucas Sr. Wellness Center at Hillside High School 
3727 Fayetteville St., Durham
Open Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Lincoln Community Health Center
1301 Fayetteville St., Durham
Open Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday: 8 a.m.-noon

Live Well North Durham Medical Park
3901 N. Roxboro St., Ste. 105, Durham
Open Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Lyon Park Clinic
1313 Hailey St., Suite. 137, Durham
Open Monday-Friday 8:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (closed daily 12:30-1:30 p.m.)

Planned Parenthood
105 Newsom St., Suite 101, Durham
Open Tuesday: 8 a.m.-1 p.m.; Wednesday- Thursday: 2-7 p.m.; Friday: 8 a.m.-1 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Samaritan Health Center
3205 University Dr., Suite 107, Durham
507 E. Knox St., Durham
Open Monday: noon-5 p.m.; Tuesday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Wednesday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday; 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Senior PHARMA 
406 Rigsbee Ave., Suite 201, Durham
Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesday: 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

Walltown Neighborhood Clinic
815 Broad St., Durham
Open Monday-Friday: 8:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (closed 12:30-1:30)


Orange County

Carrboro Community Health Center
301 Lloyd St., Carrboro​
Open Monday and Thursday: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Tuesday-Wednesday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Chapel Hill Community Health Center
1828 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill
Open Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Planned Parenthood at the Chapel Hill Health Center 
1765 Dobbins Dr., Chapel Hill
Open Monday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Tuesday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wednesday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Thursday: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Friday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday: 8 a.m.-1 p.m.


Wake County

Advance Community Health – Apex
212 S. Salem St., Apex
Open Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Advance Community Health–Fuquay-Varina
130 N. Judd Pkwy. NE, Fuquay-Varina​
Open Monday, Wednesday: 8:30-5 p.m.

Advance Community Health–Southeast Raleigh
1011 Rock Quarry Rd., Raleigh
Open Monday-Thursday: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

Advance Community Health at Dorcas Plaza – Cary
173 High House Rd., Cary
Open Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Alliance Medical Ministry – Raleigh
101 Donald Ross Dr., Raleigh
Open Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Mariam Clinic – Raleigh
3126 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh
Open Wednesday: 10 a.m.-noon (established patients); Thursday: 5-6 p.m. (new patients); Sunday: 1-5 p.m. (clinic)

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
800-662-7030 (hotline)

North Carolina Farmworker Health Program 

Planned Parenthood-Raleigh Health Center
100 S Boylan Ave., Raleigh
Open Monday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thursday: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Shepherds Care Medical Clinic – Zebulon
304 Pony Rd., Zebulon
Open Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Friday: 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Urban Ministries Open Door Clinic – Raleigh
1390 Capital Blvd., Raleigh
Open Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m. (by appointment only)

Wake County Division of Health and Clinics 


Maureen Churchill lives in Durham with her husband and son. She blogs at


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