Also known as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), a Community Health Center is a public entity or non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation that delivers primary medical, dental, and mental health services in medically underserved areas.
Watch this short video for a brief background of Community Health Centers and find additional information below.
There are three types of FQHCs: Community Health Centers, Homeless and Migrant Health Centers, and Tribal Health Centers.
What are the requirements of a Community Health Center?
Must be located in a federally designated Medically Underserved Area (MUA) or serve a federally designated Medically Underserved Population (MUP)
Must be a non-profit, tax-exempt organization or a public entity Must offer a sliding fee scale and provide services regardless of ability to pay
Must have a Board of Directors, a majority of whom are consumers of the Health Center’s services
Must participate in federal reporting requirements
Must leverage additional resources (The federal contribution is intended to be only a portion of the Health Center’s overall budget.)