So You Want to Start a Health Center…? A Practical Guide for Starting a Federally Qualified Health Center

Referrals and Linkages Title X Family Planning Program
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National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC)

This guide provides directions for planning and implementing a new health center, including instructions on applying for federal designations and funding. Organizations that currently provide some primary care services and are interested in developing a more comprehensive program that meets Section 330 requirements will also find this guide useful. It include guidance on ensuring community support, conducting community needs assessments, organizational models, community guidance, and business planning.