Federally Qualified Health Centers are required to serve high need areas (designated Medically Underserved Area or Population) and provide comprehensive healthcare and related services based on the needs of the community. To meet the need requirement, a health center must demonstrate and document the needs of its target population. The resources listed below are tools to assist you in meeting and monitoring the need requirements.
To view the detailedNeed Program Requirements,clickhere.
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Health Center Development –Technical Assistance (TA) Community Development Resource Page This page provides tools helpful in documenting the needs of target population. To access this information, click here.
The Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) Online Document Resource Center – Need BPHC’s Technical Assistance contractor, Management Solutions Consulting Group (MSCG), hosts an online Consultant Resource Center that houses many resources cited in the Web Guide. While the Resource Center has many valuable templates and documents, all non-Federal resources cited in the Web Guide are meant to be used only as “sample” documents. They are for use as aids to consultants and grantees, but are not considered official guidance by BPHC. To access this information click here.
Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alike Designation 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. To access the Look Alike application, click here.
Service Overlap Program Information Notice (PIN) Policy Information Notice 2007-09 (PIN) describes the Health Resources and Services Administration's policies and processes for health center service area overlap. Each health center should periodically assess its declared service area to ensure that the description adequately reflects the health center's current activities. This PIN describes the overarching principles that will inform decisions related to service area overlap and provides examples of the types of data that may be requested. To access this information, click here.
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Data Resources HRSA has developed a data resource to provide information on how to use data to demonstrate the need for primary care services. To access this information, click here.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) The federal poverty guidelines are issued each year in the Federal register by HHS and are often used for determining financial eligibility for certain federal programs. To access this information, click here.
Center for Health Workforce Studies is a not-for-profit research organization whose mission is to provide timely, accurate data and conduct policy-relevant research about the health workforce. The Center's work assists health, professional, and education organizations; policy makers and planners; and other stakeholders in understanding issues related to the supply, demand, distribution, and use of health workers. To access this information, click here.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) mission is to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans. Information from AHRQ's research helps people make more informed decisions and improve the quality of health care services. AHRQ was formerly known as the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research. To access this information, click here.
Bureau of Health Professions Shortage Designations Branch The Shortage Designation Branch in the HRSA Bureau of Health Professions National Center for Health Workforce Analysis develops shortage designation criteria and uses them to decide whether or not a geographic area or population group is a Health Professional Shortage Area or a Medically Underserved Area or Population. To access this information, click here.
Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC) PCDC provides low-cost financing and capital project planning resources to build, renovate, or expand primary care facilities. To access this information, click here.
Capital Link Capital Link provides capital solutions for health center building projects. To access this information, click here.