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Serving HRSA-Designated Special Populations
Community Health Centers provide access to high-quality health care services in medically underserved areas and for underserved communities in our state. Health Centers provide care to everyone, regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay for care, and are an essential part of the health care safety net in Wisconsin and across the U.S.
WPHCA is committed to working with Wisconsin’s Community Health Centers and partner agencies to better understand and respond to the needs of individuals and families who face inordinate barriers to health and health care, with a particular focus on HRSA-designated special populations.
Who are Special Populations?
Under Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act – the federal legislation creating the Health Center Program – some health centers receive funding to specifically target one of three “special populations” (as defined by the 330 statute):
In addition to serving special populations named above, Health Centers provide comprehensive, culturally-competent primary health care services to everyone in the community. Health Centers provide care to populations facing barriers to health and health care, including (but not limited to) school-aged children, the elderly, pregnant women and infants, immigrants and refugees, the LGBTQ+ community, people with disabilities, and military veterans.
WPHCA’s Role in Supporting HRSA-Designated Special Populations