Community Health Quality Recognition (CHQR) Overview

The Community Health Quality Recognition (CHQR) badges recognize Health Center Program awardees and look-alikes (LALs) that have made notable quality improvement achievements in the areas of access, quality, health equity, and health information technology for the most recent UDS reporting period. In addition, COVID-19 badges were introduced to recognize health centers’ contributions to the public health emergency response in the areas of data collection, testing, and vaccinations.

See the CHQR Frequently Asked Questions for more information. Also, view the CHQR overview webinar (PDF - 2.5 MB) and on-demand recording HRSA BPHC exit disclaimer.

To see if your health center received a CHQR badge:

  • Go to the Health Center Program Uniform Data System (UDS) Data Overview page.
  • Select “Health Center Program Type” (choose awardee or look-alike) and the state/territory using the filter tools.
  • Using your browser’s scroll button, scroll down to view the list of health centers in the selected state/territory.
  • Click “View Data” to see data for a specific health center. If a health center has earned CHQR badges, the badge images will be visible at the top of the health center’s data page.

Health centers that earned CHQR badges can request high-resolution badge images from Health Center Program Support HRSA BPHC exit disclaimer.

CHQR Badge Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for any CHQR badges, health centers must: 1) submit annual UDS data on time 2) use electronic health records (EHRs) to report on clinical quality measures and patient populations 3) resolve any progressive action conditions as of July 2021, and 4) be an active Health Center Program awardee or look-alike.

The following is an overview of specific CHQR badges and eligibility criteria. View badge images and criteria.

  • Improving Quality of Care: Recognizes health centers that improve quality of care in two subcategories:
    • National Quality Leaders represent health centers that meet or exceed national benchmarks for one or more of the clinical quality measure (CQMs) groups that promote behavioral health, diabetes health, and heart health. Recipients are limited to the top 1 to 2% of all health centers.
    • Health Center Quality Leaders achieve the best overall clinical quality measure (CQM) performance among all health centers. They are recognized in the following tiers: Gold (top 10%), Silver (top 11-20%), or Bronze top (21-30%).
  • Access Enhancer: Recognize health centers that increase the total number of patients they serve and the number of patients who receive at least one comprehensive service (mental health, substance abuse, vision, dental, and/or enabling) by at least 5%.
  • Health Disparities Reducer: Recognize health centers that receive the Access Enhancer badge, serve patients in all racial/ethnic groups, and:
    • Meet or exceed Healthy People (HP) goals in the areas of low birth weight, hypertension, or uncontrolled diabetes for at least one racial/ethnic group.
    • Demonstrate at least a 10% improvement in the areas of low birth weight, hypertension, or uncontrolled diabetes for at least one racial/ethnic group.
  • Advancing Health Information Technology (HIT) for Quality: Recognizes health centers that meet all criteria to optimize HIT services that advance telehealth, patient engagement, interoperability, and collection of social determinants of health to increase access to care and advance quality of care.
  • Patient Centered Medical Home Recognition (PCMH): Recognizes health centers with PCMH recognition in one or more delivery sites.

New COVID-19 CHQR Badges

Three new badges will recognize health center awardee and look-alike contributions to the COVID-19 pandemic response:

  • COVID-19 Data Reporter: Recognizes health centers that supported data reporting for public health emergencies with response rates of 90% or more to the Health Center COVID-19 Survey from April 10, 2020 to July 2, 2021. The responses to the surveys undergo a data validation process and all health center responses must have been verified and on-time in order to be included in the response rate to determine eligibility.
  • COVID-19 Testing: Recognizes health centers that tested more than 50% of their 2020 reported UDS patient populations from April 10, 2020 to July 2, 2021 and have a validated response rate of at least 50% to the weekly Health Center COVID-19 Survey.
  • COVID-19 Vaccinations: Recognizes health centers that administered vaccines to more than 70% of their 2020 reported UDS patient populations from April 10 to July 2, 2021, and have a validated response rate of at least 50% to the weekly Health Center COVID-19 Survey.

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Date Last Reviewed:  October 2021