What is a

Federally Qualified Health Center?

Health centers are community-based and patient-directed organizations that deliver comprehensive, culturally competent, high-quality primary health care services to the nation’s most vulnerable individuals and families, including people experiencing homelessness, low income workers, the uninsured, and veterans.

Health centers integrate access to pharmacy, mental health, substance use disorder, and oral health services in areas where economic, geographic, or cultural barriers limit access to affordable health care. By emphasizing coordinated care management of patients with multiple health care needs and the use of key quality improvement practices, including health information technology, health centers reduce health disparities.

Health Center Fundamentals

Deliver comprehensive, culturally competent, high quality primary health care, as well as supportive services such as health education, translation, and transportation.
Provide services regardless of patients’ ability to pay and charge for services on a sliding fee scale.
Develop systems of patient-centered and integrated care that respond to the unique needs of diverse medically underserved areas and populations.
Private non-profit or public entities, including tribal and faith-based organizations, that operate under the direction of a patient-majority governing board.
Meet requirements regarding administrative, clinical, and financial operations.