Federally Qualified Health Centers
Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) provide high-quality health care to underserved areas or populations, provide comprehensive services, have ongoing quality assurance programs, offer discounted services, and have a governing board of directors which include patients. An FQHC must also be a public entity or a private not-for-profit.
Being designated as an FQHC allows Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center (UGL) to:
- Provide prescription and non-prescription medications to patients at reduced costs
- Access the National Health Service Corps
- Loan forgiveness for providers and nurses
- Scholarships for students pursuing certain health fields
- Visit hrsa.gov/loanscholarships for details
- Access the Vaccine for Children Program
- Qualify for medical malpractice coverage through Federal Tort Claims Act
- Be eligible for various other federal grants and programs
Applying for and receiving grant funds helps UGL to continue to provide high quality service at a lower cost to our community. Grants allow services to extend beyond traditional medical care to include integrated care, community health initiatives and health education.