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Country Doctor Community Health Centers is now Seattle Roots Community Health

New name, same community-focused health care in the Central District and Capitol Hill


SEATTLE -- Seattle Roots Community Health is the new name for the community health center formerly known as Country Doctor Community Health Centers, and the home of Carolyn Downs Family Medical Center, Country Doctor Community Clinic, After Hours Clinic, Dental Clinic, Seattle STEP (Support, Treatment, Education & Pride) Clinic, and school-based health centers at Meany Middle School and Nova High School.


The new Seattle Roots Community Health name honors over 53 years of serving the Capitol Hill and Central District neighborhoods with community-driven, culturally appropriate, patient-centered care regardless of their ability to pay. Over the decades, the health center expanded its services and reach, adding after hours and dental care, low-barrier harm reduction services for opioid use disorder at STEP Clinic and Recovery Café, and critical community-driven programs like Healthcare for the Homeless and post-incarceration Re-Entry Program.


According to Seattle Roots Chief Executive Officer Brandy Taylor, “As we’ve grown, we needed a new organizational name that builds on our legacy and encompasses all of our clinics and the broad range of care we provide. The new name and identity were selected through a thoughtful and comprehensive process that included input from our staff, patients, and community stakeholders and is intended to reflect how our past, present and future are rooted in the communities we serve.”


Taylor continues, “Carolyn Downs Family Medical Center and Country Doctor Community Clinic established our legacy of community empowerment and social justice through health care. We remain extremely proud of those roots, and these clinics will retain their clinic location names as the anchors of the Seattle Roots Community Health home.”


Seattle Roots Community Health Board Chair Dr. Grant Scull states, “With Chief Executive Officer Brandy Taylor leading her dedicated team, Seattle Roots stands solidly on its foundation and is poised for significant growth in the coming years, with a commitment to expanding access to a full range of care, including primary care, dental care, after hours care, pharmacy, and school-based care.”


The mission of Seattle Roots Community Health is to improve the health of its communities by providing high quality, caring, culturally appropriate primary health care that addresses the needs of people, regardless of their ability to pay.



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