|Community Development Resources|
The resources on this page will assist in the process of starting a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) or FQHC Look-Alike. The review of these documents will give you a good understanding of how to become a funded grantee.
So You Want to Start a Health Center
A comprehensive guide explaining the details of the FQHC model and includes:
New Access Point Grant Application Requirements
If applying to become a new Health Center, you would most likely apply for funding through a grant application period as this one illustrates. MPCA helps organizations through this process and provides expertise on how to submit a solid application.
Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alike Designations
Public and private non-profit health care organizations may apply for FQHC Look-Alike designation (designation without Section 330 funding) at any time. The review process takes about four months. FQHC Look-Alikes must meet the same program requirements as FQHCs that receive Section 330 funding and are eligible for many of the same benefits.
Benefits of being an FQHC Look-Alike:
Information on FQHC Look-Alikes guidelines and other policy:
New Start Resources
Creating a Dynamic and Useful Strategic Plan: A Toolkit for Health Centers
Policy Information Notice 2014-1: Health Center Program Governance
Governing Board Handbook
Presents questions that need to be answered for a site to go forward with an application for funding.
New Start Checklist
Health Center Benefits
Service Area Competition Resources
A Service Area Competition (SAC) application is a request for Federal financial assistance to support comprehensive primary health care services for a competitively announced underserved area or population. All available service areas are currently served by Health Center Program grantees.
Service Area Comptetition (SAC) Technical Assistance
Service Area Competition - Additional Area (SAC-AA) Technical Assistance
FQHC Analysis Tool
Provides sources for health data at the national, state, and county level. Much of this data is used in the application to become an FQHC.
Comparison of Federally Qualified Health Center and Rural Health Clinic
Summary comparison of the Rural Health Clinic and Federally Qualified Health Center Programs which details important differences.
What Does Your Community Look Like and How is it Changing? Where You Can Find Data to Support Your Local Work
Policy Information Notices & Program Assistance Letters
HRSA publishes Policy Information Notices (PIN) and Program Assistance Letters (PAL) clarifying policy for FQHCs.
Open Opportunities: Displays current FQHC grant opportunities and where future opportunities will be announced.
HRSA has a technical assistance website that provide details on Health Center development, services, finance, and governance.
Training opportunities are updated on a regular basis at HRSA's website.
National Association of Community Health Centers Resources
The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), organized in 1971, is the national voice for Health Centers, and networks with state Health Centers and Primary Care Associations to serve Health Centers through research, education, training, technical assistance, advocacy, and developing alliances and partnerships. They have many effective resources and tools for learning about Health Centers, such as:
NACHC hosts trainings and conferences on a regular basis, such as:
Developing Effective Federally Qualified Health Centers: A three-day intensive training that is helpful for new organizations applying to become an FQHC. Learn how to logically develop your program model by starting with a comprehensive needs assessment through developing health and business plans and budgets. This training is designed for organizations and communities that want to start an FQHC or are interested in FQHC-Look Alike designation. It also serves as an orientation for those new to the Health Center Program and a refresher for existing staff.
2017 Legislative Forum
2/27/2017 » 2/28/2017
MI Care Team Training