Provider Recruitment & Locum Tenens
The Association employs a provider recruitment specialist to assist members in securing and keeping health care providers. The Association also facilitates locum tenens (temporary physician) coverage for member centers.
Cost Savings Through Cooperative Purchasing
One of the original purposes of The Association was to save its members money. That role is still active with the Association offering several cooperative buying programs including: liability insurance coverage, medical and office supplies, reference laboratory services, long distance phone services, patient billing statement preparation, and more.
The Association provides ongoing technical assistance and consultation for established centers, and organizing communities, on topics ranging from practice development to marketing to managed care.
The Association provides information, updates and news of vital importance to members. Topics range from federal and state legislation to emerging health care trends.
The Association is a well known key player in primary health care policy development for the improvement of access to primary care and prevention services.
The Association provides training on topics important to members, such as continuing education for health professionals, Board of Directors responsibilities and revenue maximization.
All community based not-for-profit organizations which satisfy the requirements to be a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), are eligible to become voting members of The Association. Such members are entitled to all privileges and rights offered by The Association.
Other not-for-profit or public entities which do not meet the above criteria for organizational membership, but provide related services in a manner which supports the overall mission of The Association. Examples include: free clinics, nonprofit rural health clinics, local health departments and nonprofit hospitals.
For individuals who support the goals and purposes of The Association. Examples include health center board members and former board members, government employees (federal, state and local), patients of member health centers, and the general public.
For additional information on membership benefits and cost, use the link on the left to email us.
Who can apply to establish a Community Health Center?
In order to apply for grant funding under section 330 an applicant must be a public or private, nonprofit entity, including faith-based and community-based organizations. The applicant must request funding to establish a new access point for comprehensive primary and preventive health care services. Applicants must propose to serve a defined geographic area that is federally designated, in whole or in part, as a Medically Underserved Area (MUA) or a Medically Underserved Population (MUP). Those applicants applying for Migrant Health Center, Health Care for the Homeless Programs, or Public Housing Primary Care Programs are exempt from this requirement. Applicants must not propose a new access point to provide a single service (i.e., prenatal services), age group (i.e., children) or life cycle (i.e., geriatrics). Further criteria can be found in the Bureau of Primary Health Care Program Information Notice (PIN).
For an excellent guide through the journey to becoming a Community Health Center check out the National Association of Community Health Centers’ So You Want To Start A Health Center…? (NACHC membership required for discount pricing).
Whether your community has just decided to assess its healthcare resources and may be planning to apply for federal assistance or an established Community Health Center in need of technical assistance, the Virginia Community Heathcare Association has many services and resources to assist in planning and action! We have assisted communities with increasing access to comprehensive health care services for almost 30 years.
The Association offers resources and technical assistance to:
- Identify, Organize, and Convene Community Leaders — help you communicate with those concerned about primary health care access and willing to take action
- Research Primary Care Needs — assistance with needs assessments, health status indicators, barriers to care, and community, and marketplace dynamics
- Analyze Delivery System Gaps — consider physical, geographical, financial, or cultural access barriers
- Develop Strategic Plans and Enhance Boards Through Comprehensive Training — we can help plan for the future, review community needs, strengths and weaknesses
- Help Communities Understand Delivery Systems and Models — define different alternatives to address health care needs, assess appropriateness of CHC health care delivery model for your community
- Facilitate Partnership Development & Coalition Building — identify, educate, and motivate potential partners who can assist
- Identify Various Financial Resources — assist with identification of fundraising and grantwriting resources
- Provide Comprehensive Assistance With Regulatory and Legislative Guidelines — we can help you navigate the federal assistance guidances and regulatory expectations
- Provide Mentoring And Support Services for Newly Established Community Health Centers
For further information, questions or assistance in determining if the Community Health Center model is right for your community, please contact us by using the email link in the left menu.