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  • Community Development

  • KPCA supports the work of our members by providing assistance to communities interested in exploring opportunities to develop new primary care services, as well as to existing health centers/clinics in their efforts to provide quality affordable health care services to underserved areas and populations in Kentucky.

    The KPCA’s Community Development program assists communities by providing:

    • Information about Federally Qualified Health Centers/Rural Health Clinics
    • Assistance in planning and developing FQHCs including HRSA New Access Point grant application assistance
    • Assistance in completing needs assessments
    • Grant assistance including providing Letters of Support and grant review
    • Assisting in Kentucky’s health care workforce development
    • Developing opportunities for collaboration

    What is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC?)

    FQHC is a designation from the Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) and the Health Services and Resources Administration (HRSA) for non-profit organizations that serve the medically underserved. FQHCs are located in Medically Underserve Areas (MUA) or serve Medically Underserved Populations (MUP). All FQHCs must operate under a Board of Directors that is comprised of 51% health center consumers. They must provide comprehensive primary care services across the life cycle. FQHCs provide services on a sliding-fee scale. You will find more information on the FQHC program requirements here or by contacting Rachael Fitzgerald at 502-227-4379 or rfitzgerald@kypca.net.

    What is an FQHC Look-Alike?

    FQHC Look-Alikes meet all of the requirements of FQHCS but they do not receive grant funding from BPHC. However, they do benefit from enhanced reimbursement under the Prospective Payment System (PPS), and access to the 340B Drug Pricing program. You will find more information on the FQHC Look-Alike Program here.

    Requesting a Letter of Support

    The KPCA will provide letters of support for qualified grant applications. Please provide the following information with your letter of support request

    1. Organization name and type
    2. Grant you are applying for
    3. Project description that includes
      1. Intended service area
      2. Target population
      3. Projected number of users

    Special and Vulnerable Populations

    KPCA members ensure access to care for underserved communities including vulnerable populations. The Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) and the Health Services and Resources Administration (HRSA) have three designated Special Populations:

    • Individuals experiencing homelessness
    • Migrant and seasonal farm workers
    • Individuals living in public housing

    FQHCs can receive additional funding from BPHC to focus on providing health care services to these populations. In addition to these designated special populations, KPCA members ensure access to care for vulnerable populations include Veterans, older adults, immigrants and refugees, those who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender, individuals living with HIV/AIDs, and many more.

    Additional technical assistance is available by calling the KPCA office.