Since 1981, the Florida Association of Community Health Centers, Inc. (FACHC) has been the leading state advocate for community-based health care programs. Focusing on Florida's Federally Qualified Community Health Centers, the Association plays a vital role in educating federal, state and local policymakers about issues relating to health care and the role of the health centers. The primary mission of FACHC is to improve access to quality health services by bringing together agencies, legislators and key persons able to affect health care services. Our staff work with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Bureau of Primary Health Care, the Region IV HHS Public Health Service in Atlanta, the National Association of Community Health Centers, Inc. and the Southeast Health Care Consortium, Inc. which includes key representatives from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

FACHC's strong presence in Tallahassee, where our corporate headquarters are located, provides for fast access to the Legislature, the Governors' Office, the Department of Health and the Agency for Health Care Administration for issues affecting health centers and their patients. FACHC also contracts with a Governmental Consultant to enhance its state advocacy efforts in the Legislature.