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About Health Centers

Learn about the impact of HRSA’s Health Center Program and the strategic partnerships that support HRSA’s efforts.

What is a Health Center?

Learn the fundamentals of health centers, one of the largest systems of primary and preventive care in the country. Health centers provide care to millions of patients, in every U.S. state, U.S. territory, and the District of Columbia, regardless of ability to pay.

How to Become a Health Center

Health centers must comply with all Health Center Program requirements and other federal and state requirements. There are two ways to become a health center:

  1. Apply for Health Center Program funding.
  2. Apply to be designated as a Health Center Program look-alike.

Learn more about becoming a health center.

Health Center Program Look-Alikes

Health Center Program look-alikes provide care consistent with Health Center Program requirements, but they do not receive Health Center Program funding. Learn more about look-alikes, including eligibility and application guidance.

Impact and Growth

Learn about the history and growth of the Health Center Program and its impact on the health of underserved and vulnerable populations across the nation.

Strategic Partnerships

HRSA invests in cooperative agreements and grants to more than 100 organizations that address the training and technical assistance needs of health centers. Learn about technical assistance provided by these partners.

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