Health Centers are required to have a board with at least nine and no more than 25 members with a patient majority of at least 51 percent. The patient members must be a reasonable representation of the people who seek and receive health services at the clinic in terms of the demographic attributes identified in the health center’s Uniform Data System (UDS) reporting. Non-patient board members must be representative of the community in which the health center is located; this can be met with individuals who live, work or have some other type of identifiable connection to the community.
Board members of Health Center Program participants play a big role in the success of the health center by providing leadership and oversight to ensure that underserved community members have access to health care services. Challenges and opportunities are addressed while meeting the HRSA health center program requirements for health centers. One of the ways that board members meet HRSA requirements is by approving board policies that demonstrate compliance with the health center program.
It’s not clear when there will be any New Access Point (NAP) funding in the federal budget. With the uncertainty of funding availability, another option for stabilizing your health clinic is to consider becoming a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Look-alike.
Becoming a FQHC Look-alike can take 12-15 months, but with expert assistance, Look-alike status may be granted in less time. One of the best ways to speed up the application process is to minimize the need to resubmit documents and other elements of the application by having an experienced consultant and health center grant writer develop a work plan that addresses the 19 program requirements and guides the health clinic through the process.