This monograph is intended to provide step-by-step directions for planning and implementing a new health center, including instructions on applying for federal designations and funding. This document is also relevant for organizations that are currently providing some primary care services and are interested in developing a more comprehensive program that meets the Public Health Service Act, Section 330 requirements.
The monograph includes:
A brief introduction on key aspects of health centers
Relevant federal programs and designations
Links to critical resources
Remember as you approach deciding whether or not to embark on starting a health center, there truly is no one way or “one size fits all” model.
Important NACHC Library Content Note: This technical assistance resource was developed prior to the August 2017 release of the Health Center Compliance Manual by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC). The BPHC Compliance Manual, issued August 2017, indicates where PINS, PALs and other program guidance are now superseded or subsumed by the BPHC Compliance Manual.