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We operate two Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) – Country Doctor in Capitol Hill and Carolyn Downs in the Central District. In addition, we have an After Hours Clinic next to Swedish Cherry Hill and a dental clinic next to our Capitol Hill location.

Our Carolyn Downs Family Medical Center was founded by the Seattle Black Panther Party in 1970 in Seattle’s Central District, and our Country Doctor Community Clinic was founded by community and political activists in 1971, which began our commitment to providing humane, high-quality health care to all patients. We care for patients from around the region and the world, of all ages, all gender identities, and sexual expressions, of all abilities and lifestyles, and with or without insurance.

We have a multi-disciplinary team of dedicated and dynamic individuals who are all committed to social justice and health equity.


Our commitment to compassion, dignity, and respect, is not just for our patients, but also for our staff, which is why we have committed to a $20.00 minimum wage for our employees, and benefits that take care of our employees and their families.

We cover 100% of the cost of medical and dental benefits for our full-time employees, and 75% of the cost of medical benefits for dependent children. We provide a full range of comprehensive benefits, which includes:

  • Long-Term Satisfaction Almost 40% of our employees have been with Seattle Roots Community Health for at least five years, and 20% have been with us for over ten.
  • Health Care Benefits All employees working over 17.5 hours per week receive the choice of three medical plans (2 PPO and 1 HMO), two dental plans, short- and long-term disability programs, life insurance, and accidental death and dismemberment coverage.
  • Even More Benefits! We also provide access to flexible spending accounts (FSAs), a subsidized ORCA card, and a generous safe harbor 401(k) plan with employer contributes (plus potential additional discretionary matching contributions).
  • Flexibility At Seattle Roots Community Health, we accommodate a variety of work schedules, with almost half of our staff choosing to work a regular part-time schedule.
  • Support We encourage a compassionate workplace where employees are encouraged to learn and grow in an atmosphere of openness and growth.