For more than 50 years, health centers have delivered affordable, accessible, cost-effective, and quality primary health care to patients regardless of their ability to pay. Health centers advance a model of coordinated, comprehensive, and patient-centered care, integrating a wide range of medical, dental, mental health, substance use disorder, and patient support services. Central to the success of the nation’s health centers are the Health Center Program requirements, which serve as the foundation for quality services and operations.
The Health Resources & Services Administration’s (HRSA) Community Health Quality Recognition (CHQR) badges recognize Health Center Program awardees that have made notable improvement achievements in the areas of quality, access, health equity, and health information technology. 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.