Needs Assessment

In this section:

Primary Reviewer: Governance/Administrative Expert

Secondary Reviewer: Clinical Expert

Authority: Section 330(k)(2) and Section 330(k)(3)(J) of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act; and 42 CFR 51c.104(b)(2-3), 42 CFR 51c.303(k), 42 CFR 56.104(b)(2), 42 CFR 56.104(b)(4), and 42 CFR 56.303(k)

Health Center Program Compliance Manual Related Considerations

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Compliance Assessment

Select each element below for the corresponding text of the element, site visit team methodology, and site visit finding questions.


1. Also referred to as “catchment area” in the Health Center Program implementing regulation in 42 CFR 51c.102.

2. Compliance may be demonstrated based on the information included in a Service Area Competition (SAC) or a Renewal of Designation (RD) application. Note that in the case of a Notice of Funding Opportunity for a New Access Point or Expanded Services grant, HRSA may specify application-specific requirements for demonstrating an applicant has consulted with the appropriate agencies and providers consistent with Section 330(k)(2)(D) of the PHS Act. Such application-specific requirements may require a completed or updated needs assessment more recent than that which was provided in an applicant’s SAC or RD application.

3. In cases where data are not available for the specific service area or special population, health centers may use extrapolation techniques to make valid estimates using data available for related areas and population groups. Extrapolation is the process of using data that describes one population to estimate data for a comparable population, based on one or more common differentiating demographic characteristics. Where data are not directly available and extrapolation is not feasible, health centers should use the best available data describing the area or population to be served.

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