Pennsylvania Association of

Community Health Centers

Supporting Pennsylvania's health centers in increasing access to quality primary health care for all

So You Want to Start a Health Center

Doctor consultation

When considering the various health center model options, there are several questions to consider: 

  • What is the community need regarding health status, access and barriers to care? 
  • What is the likelihood of creating a patient-majority governing board of directors?  
  • Can a comprehensive range of services be delivered?  
  • Is the location in a qualifying federal shortage designation area? 
  • Is the model financially sustainable?
For more information on the next steps on starting a health center, see the directions from National Association of Community Health Centers.  If you have questions about starting a health center, please contact Patti Griggs at