Community health centers are community-based and patient-directed organizations that serve populations with limited access to health care. HRSA-supported community health centers must meet the following requirements:
- Located in or serve a high need community (designated Medically Underserved Area or Population). Find MUAs and MUPs
- Governed by a community board composed of a majority (51% or more) of health center patients who represent the population served.
- Provide comprehensive primary health care services as well as supportive services (education, translation and transportation, etc.) that promote access to health care.
- Provide services available to all with fees adjusted based on ability to pay.
- Meet other performance and accountability requirements regarding administrative, clinical, and financial operations.
This information was provided by the Centers for Disease Control.