Community Health Centers Overview Primer

Community Health Centers: A Primer for Legislators

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Time: 00:09:23 |  Updated December 2011

Community Health Centers

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
and transportation.

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Community Health Centers

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Community Health Centers: An Overview for New Legislators [LegisBrief], Feb. 2011

Community Health Centers in the Economic Downturn [LegisBrief], Jan. 2010

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Primary Care in the Age of Reform [LegisBrief], Oct. 2011


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Improving the Odds [State Legislatures Magazine], Sept. 2009
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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

Health Insurance Coverage

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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