An important aspect of the changing health care system is the growth of women's health centers - organizations that design and deliver services to women. This growth has generated interest in the behavior of centers, especially because of increasing awareness of women's health issues. Using data from the 1994 National Survey of Women's Health Centers, the authors examined the association between ownership of centers and 12 measures of community benefits, and 296 nonprofit and 108 for-profit centers were compared. Overall, the nonprofits performed better than the for-profits in terms of serving underserved women, delivering comprehensive primary care services, providing training for health professionals and education services for clients and the community, and involving the community in center governance. Among women's health centers, the results show that ownership matters, and indicate the importance of supporting providers who serve the underserved and developing a standard of community benefits.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Health Policy