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Module 1: What’s different about a Community Health Center?
Vignette 1 | Synopsis
The federal Health Center Program provides grant support to non-profit organizations that meet unique requirements identified in legislation creating the Program. A significant requirement is that an organization receiving a Health Center Program grant must have a governing board with a majority of its members getting their health care at the health center and who represent the people served by the center. One responsibility of patient-majority boards is to assure that barriers to care at the health center, such as language and culture, are reduced or eliminated.

Vignette 2 | Synopsis
Because patients serve as the majority of board members, community health centers are uniquely positioned to assure that care is patient-centered. It is essential that patient board members are active participants, providing their perspectives as boards monitor and assure care that is accessible, coordinated, continuous, effective, and culturally appropriate.

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This publication was supported by Grant/Cooperative Agreement No. U30CS16089 from the Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Primary Health Care (HRSA/BPHC). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the of­ficial views of HRSA/BPHC.