Resource Details


So You Want to Start a Health Center?

Resource Topic: Operations, Leadership, Capital Development

Year Developed: 2019

Resource Type: Publication

Primary Audience: Administrative Staff C-Suite (CEOs, CFOs, CIOs, COOs, CMOs, etc) Board of Directors

Language: English

Developed by: National Association of Community Health Centers (See other resources developed by this organization.)

Resource Summary: 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.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $6,375,000 with 0 percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit