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Our Mission Statement

Open Door Community Health Centers promotes social justice and human dignity through exceptional patient-centered care that improves the health and well-being of our patients, community, and staff.

Open Door Community Health Centers was founded with a vision to provide excellent health care and health education to a part of California, at a time when the region suffered from a shortage of access.

Starting as a single clinic in 1971, Open Door now has 14 locations across Humboldt and Del Norte counties – a service area larger than the state of Connecticut – offering primary and dental care, counselling, pharmacy services, and community support offices, serving about 65,000 patients a year and employing almost 800 members of the community.

Learn more about Open Door’s fifty years serving the North Coast.

Our Mission, Vision, & Values


Open Door Community Health Centers promotes social justice and human dignity through exceptional patient-centered care that improves the health and well-being of our patients, community, and staff.


Open Door honors the unique experience of all people. We address changing community needs through dynamic and innovative partnerships. Our staff are diverse, respected, valued, heard and fairly compensated. We are inspired by our mission, receptive to new ideas, and carry on the patient-centered tradition of the organization.



We cultivate belonging for all by inviting and incorporating unique perspectives and experiences.
We recognize the dignity and worth of every person by treating all with respect and compassion.

We acknowledge the unjust systems of society that result in significant harm and disparities.
We focus our resources to advance equitable opportunities and outcomes for all


We embrace continuous learning with curiosity and appreciate diversity in thought and action through teamwork.

We understand change is ongoing and necessary for our continual improvement.
We accept that prudent risks, failures, and quick adaptation are necessary for innovation.


We believe the services we provide to our community are of utmost importance and hold ourselves accountable to the highest quality standards.


We are honest and transparent in service to our mission, vision, and values even in the face of adversity.


We incorporate fun and excitement into our daily work.
We celebrate each other and encourage meaningful human connection.

We honor people for who they are both inside and outside of Open Door. We support each other in finding meaning and balance in our lives. That which is perfectly balanced is able to bend, rather than break.

Patient-Centered Care

Patient-Centered Medical Home

A patient-centered medical home (PCMH) is a model of patient care that uses evidence-based practices and follows a team-based approach that emphasizes care coordination and communication across specialties to achieve an excellent patient care experience and help lower medical costs.

The United States Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) is one of the many organizations Open Door refers to for evidence-based guidelines.

Your Patient-Centered Medical Home Can:

  • Help you manage your health
  • Help answer your questions
  • Provide an environment for you to play an active role in your health care
  • Listen to your concerns
  • Coordinate your care

Learn more about Open Door’s Services.

Primary Care Services

Meeting your unique needs with:

  • Translation and interpretation services
  • Transportation assistance
  • Housing
  • Access to food
  • Member services
  • Same-day appointments every day
  • Extended office hours at select sites
  • Saturday office hours at select sites
  • Around the clock telephone and electronic access

Patients are referred to Education Groups by their care team if you would like to join one of these groups, please contact your care team about joining.

  • Type 1&2 Diabetes Education group (available in English and Spanish)
    • Meetings are starting March 1st
  • Chronic Pain Management
    • Meetings are Wednesdays & Thursdays
Resources available for our patients

If you have specific questions about resources within Open Door or the community, contact our Member Services department

Click here to view all of our Patient Resources 

  • Psychiatry
  • Endocrinology
  • Diabetes education
  • Rheumatology
  • Psychiatry
  • Infectious disease
  • Neurology, and more
  • Access your records online via computer or smartphone
  • Communicate with your team
  • Ask non-urgent questions
  • Request drug refills
  • View your health records, and more

To learn more, sign up at mychart.oching.org, ask your care team. You can also contact our MyChart team via email mychart@opendoorhealth.com or call (707) 825-4286.

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Behavioral health
  • Care coordinated with specialists and hospitals

The members of your clinical Care Team meet daily in what we call “huddles”
to prepare for patient visits.

Why do Care Teams huddle? 

  • To support communication between Care Team staff.
  • To keep a close eye on patient coordination of care.
  • To make sure your visit goes as smoothly as possible.

What does your Care Team talk about in a huddle? 

  • They review the reason(s) for your visit.
  • Decide what types of care and/or services will be completed.
  • Find opportunities to update preventative care needs, such as cancer screenings and vaccinations.

How does your Care Team prepare for the huddle? 

  • You Care Team completes “pre-visit planning” to review your chart and prepare for a phone call to you to confirm your appointment.
  • Your Care Team will call you 1-3 days before the appointment to confirm AND go over the plan for the visit so both you and your Care Team are on the same page about the upcoming visit.

Federal Tort Claims Act LogoOpen Door Community Health Centers is an independent, non-profit community health center, led by an independent and consumer-majority board of directors, licensed by the State of California.

Open Door is a Federally Qualified Community Health Center (FQHC) Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b and receives funding from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).

Open Door has Federal Public Health Service (PHS) deemed status with respect to certain health or health-related claims (including medical malpractice claims) for itself and its covered clinicians/practitioners and support staff.

Open Door Community Health Centers is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization.