Starting an FQHC
Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)—often referred to as community health centers (CHCs)—are nonprofit, community-directed health care providers serving low income and medically underserved communities. Created by Congress, the national network of community health centers provides high-quality, affordable primary and preventive care for those whom other providers do not serve, regardless of an individual’s ability to pay.
Requirements and FAQ
In order to achieve the “federally qualified” status, CHCs must be located in or serve a high need community (designated Medically Underserved Area or Population) and must be governed by a community board composed of a majority (51 percent or more) of health center patients who represent the population served.