Become a Federally Qualified Health Center
Federally-qualified health centers (FQHCs) offer high-quality, comprehensive health care services to their patients. The FQHCs meet specific federal requirements, such as having a community-based board of directors in which 51% of the board members are patients of the health center; implementing a sliding fee scale so that health care is offered regardless of a person’s ability to pay or insurance status; being located in a medically underserved area so that services are convenient to people who may experience barriers such as transportation; and offering comprehensive services including dental and behavioral health care. Additional information can be found on the Bureau of Primary Health Care's website.
Another great way to learn more about Community Health Center's is by watching our training module “What Is a Community Health Center”.
For more details on becoming a federally qualified health center, please contact Libby Thurman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 615-329-3836 x5845.
Become a Rural Health Clinic
The Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) program is intended to increase primary care services for Medicaid and Medicare patients in rural communities. Information for becoming a rural health clinic can be found on the Rural Assistance Center website as well as through the Tennessee Department of Health Office of Rural Health.
For more details on becoming a rural health clinic, please contact the Tennessee Department of Health at 615-741-0417 or by mail at 425 5th Avenue, North / Cordell Hull Building, 6th Floor / Nashville, TN 37243-5245.