Health Center Program Governance

This Policy Information Notice (PIN) provides detailed information regarding Health Center Program governance requirements. The purpose of this PIN is to:

  • Convey and clarify statutory and regulatory requirements regarding the structure and functioning of governing boards for all Health Center Program grantees (e.g., section 330(e), (g), (h), and/or (i) grantees) and look-alikes;
  • Provide clarification regarding board requirements for public centers under co-applicant arrangements, including public centers funded or designated solely under sections 330(g), 330(h), and/or 330(i) to serve special populations; and
  • Outline the eligibility and qualifying requirements for Health Resources and Services Administration approval of a governance waiver for the fifty-one percent patient majority governance requirement for eligible section 330 grantees and look-alikes. This PIN also establishes Health Resources and Services Administration policy that eliminates the monthly meeting requirement from waiver consideration.

Currently funded health center grantees and currently designated look-alikes are encouraged to contact their Project Officer for further assistance regarding the governing board requirements and/or questions that specifically relate to their health center projects. If you have any additional questions or require further guidance on the policies detailed in this PIN, please contact the Bureau of Primary Health Care, Office of Policy and Program Development at

Released: 01/27/2014

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