Updated December 2011
Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) are community-based, nonprofit or public organizations that provide services to people who lack access to other health care, including those without insurance, residents of rural and underserved areas, and some Medicaid patients.
These health care services are available to all people, regardless of their ability to pay. FQHCs include community health centers,
migrant health centers, health care for the homeless health centers and public housing primary care centers.
To qualify as an FQHC, a center must provide comprehensive primary health care services to all, be located in or serve a high-need community and be governed by a community-majority board. Centers also offer support services such as health education, translation
More "Community Health Centers: A Primer for Legislators" (PDF file-25 pages)
Community Health Centers
Health Center Patients by Race/Ethnicity, 2010 [Postcard], May 2012
Community Health Centers: An Overview for New Legislators [LegisBrief], Feb. 2011
Community Health Centers in the Economic Downturn [LegisBrief], Jan. 2010
Saving Money and Improving Care by Integrating Health Care [LegisBrief], Feb. 2012
Primary Care in the Age of Reform [LegisBrief], Oct. 2011
Health Disparities and the Affordable Care Act [LegisBrief], Oct. 2010
Chronic Health Conditions and Minority Youth [LegisBrief], May 2010
Improving the Odds [State Legislatures Magazine], Sept. 2009
This article highlights how dozens of states aim to help minorities and low-income residents receive better medical care and live healthier lives.
States Address Health Disparities [LegisBrief], July 2009
Disparities in Cardiovascular Health [LegisBrief], Feb. 2009
Disparities in Cardiovascular Health [Podcast], Feb. 2009
Strengthening the Health Care Safety Net Workforce Through Interagency Cooperation, Planning and Policy, Oct. 2009
Improving Coverage: Using Public Programs to Expand Health Insurance Coverage, June 2009
Improving Coverage: Strengthening the Health Care Safety Net, June 2009
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