FQHC Needs Assessment 

Demonstrating a high degree of need is the first step in applying for New Access Point (NAP) funding, and existing health centers are required to periodically document the healthcare needs of their community. NAP applicants must complete the Form 9: Need for Assistance Worksheet and are scored on specific indicators using predetermined benchmarks. This document also serves as a useful guide for FQHCs to follow in determining what indicators to focus on.  HRSA developed a Data Resource Guide designed to assist applicants with completing the Need for Assistance Worksheet.

FACHC is here to help health centers with their needs assessment efforts.


Resources for Conducting and FQHC Needs Assessment, FACHC

Community Needs Assessment and Data-Supported Decision Making: Keys to Building Responsive and Effective Health Centers, NACHC 2012

Comprehensive Guide to Understanding and Responding to the Needs of Your Community, Health Outreach Partners, 2015

HRSA Needs Assessment Webinar, National Healthcare for the Homeless Council, February, 2014

A Needs Assessment Toolkit for Healthcare for the Homeless Grantees, National Healthcare for the Homeless Council

HRSA Service Area Overlap policies

General Data

Healthy People 2020 Map of Health Disparities

American Fact Finder U.S. Census Bureau Data

UDS Mapper Allows users to view, map and download population and health center data at the Zip Code level.

HRSA Uniform Data System Health center data at the organizational, state and national level.

Health Data Warehouse Data and maps from more than 30 HRSA and other federal government sources.

Primary Care Physician to Population Ratios

Community Health Status Indicators An interactive application that produces health profiles for all 3,143 counties in the United States.

Florida Regional Health Planning Councils Develop district health plans containing data, analysis, and recommendations that relate to health care status and needs in the community.

Florida CHARTs The Florida Department of Health’s Community Health Assessment Resource Tool Set

Health professional shortage areas & medically underserved areas/populations HRSA

Florida County Health Improvement Plans, FDOH

The 500 Cities Project Maps small area estimates for behavioral risk factors that influence health status, health outcomes, and the use of clinical preventive service.  

500 Cities: Local Data for Better Health Download PDF files containing health indicators at the census tract level - for the five hundred largest cities in the U.S.

The Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Quality Explorer: Data for 211 ACOs participating in the Medicare Shared Saving Program (MSSP). Allows visualization of 33 quality metrics across 5 domains, compared against CMS benchmarks.

National Association of Community Health Centers Research Fact Sheets and Infographics

Florida Data and Maps NACHC

Special Populations Data

Special Populations Data

For more information, contact Erin Sologaistoa at Erin@fachc.org