Country Doctor Community Health Centers

CDCHC provides comprehensive primary healthcare services to anyone regardless of their ability to pay.

Country Doctor Community Clinic was founded in 1971 by a group of community activists that recognized the need for medical care services in their neighborhood. Originally operating from an abandoned Fire-station in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, Country Doctor was an all-volunteer free clinic offering services only in the evenings. As the community’s reliance on the clinic’s services grew, Country Doctor evolved into a respected primary care provider that today operates from two sites and offers a full range of health care services.

The Carolyn Downs Family Medical Center was similarly founded in 1968 by community activists committed to the ideal that health care is a right for all people. Medical clinic services were originally part of a broad spectrum of community services that was overseen and developed by the Seattle Black Panther party. In 1978 the medical program became a freestanding community clinic, and was renamed for one of the clinic’s founders, Carolyn Downs. From 1975 until 1994 the clinic operated from a location in the Madrona neighborhood of Seattle. In order to better serve people of the Central Area, the clinic’s primary catchement area, the clinic was relocated in the fall of 1994 to a more central, visible part of the community on 21st and Yesler. This site is shared with the Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic.

In 1988 Country Doctor Community Clinic and Carolyn Downs Family Medical Center merged and became one organization. Since their founding, the clinics’ primary goal has been to provide the highest quality comprehensive health care to their patients. From that goal comes our commitment to provide comprehensive care, combining outpatient and in-patient family practice primary care with community health care and preventive health education. It is in this way that the organization has been able to have a positive impact on the health of the communities it serves.

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CDCHC | Executive Director

Country Doctor Community Health Centers (CDCHC) is HIRING for a new Executive Director! The CDCHC Board of Directors is seeking a strong, dynamic leader, committed above all to the value of health care access for all. The successful candidate will not only have the experience described below, but the energy, intelligence, and commitment required to successfully navigate the political and funding climate over the next several years. If YOU or someone YOU KNOW is passionate about improving the health of our community by providing high quality, caring, culturally appropriate, primary health care that addresses the needs of people, regardless of their ability to pay, then click this link to learn more and apply TODAY: Jan 04 2017 Executive Director Renee RMiller Full Time Seattle Website Country Doctor Community Health Centers Country Doctor Community Health Centers – Executive Director Position The mission of Country Doctor Community Health Centers is to improve the health of our community by providing high qual...

After 41+ remarkable years of service our Executive Director, Linda McVeigh, has announced she will be retiring at the end of September 2017. Linda was one of our founders; from her grass roots advocacy days of the late 60’s and early 70’s, Linda has worked tirelessly to guide, support and fight for high quality, caring, culturally appropriate, primary health care that addresses the needs of people, regardless of their ability to pay. She’s been instrumental in helping not only our community, but our organization THRIVE! Alas, the time has come for Linda to spend some well-earned time with her grandson and golden retriever, as well as volunteering with other organizations of interest. Although she will move on from CDCHC, Linda plans to continue her activist work in the community health movement; as she said in her announcement “Together we are strong” <3

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