Millions of individuals and families throughout the United States rely upon health centers as their primary source of health care, particularly those whom are uninsured, underinsured, and medically underserved. There are now more than 1,300 health centers operating in over 9,000 sites across the country. Among these, certain health centers receive specific funding to focus efforts on reaching and caring for special populations: individuals and families experiencing homelessness, agricultural workers and their dependents, and residents of public housing.

Resources

REPORT: Understanding Health Concerns and Barriers to Accessing Care Among Underserved Populations

HOP’s 2012-2013 National Needs Assessment explores the health concerns and challenges faced among underserved populations, specifically those designated as special populations. This excerpt from the report presents the findings on special populations and discusses the role that health outreach programs play in removing barriers to accessing care.

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WEBINAR: Resources for Special Populations Point of Contact Personnel

Sponsored by the National Center for Health in Public Housing, this webinar offers an introductory overview of Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act and the special populations defined within this legislation. The webinar highlights resources for health centers funded to serve special populations.

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FACT SHEET: Special Populations

This resource details the 4 programs operated by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to support health centers providing services to special populations: Health Care for the Homeless Program, Migrant Health Center Program, Public Housing Primary Care Program, and Native Hawaiian Health Care Systems Program.

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BULLETIN: Obligations of Community Health Centers to Provide Outreach to Special Populations

Developed by the National Association of Community Health Centers, Inc., this publication reviews the requirements for outreach activities outlined in Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act. Experts in the field offer suggestions for addressing challenges faced by health centers providing outreach to special populations.

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Population-Specific Resources

National Cooperative Agreements (NCAs)

National Cooperative Agreements (NCAs) are organizations that provide training and technical assistance to health center program grantees. NCAs offer program consultations, trainings, webinars, newsletters, fact sheets, reports, and other relevant resources. Some NCAs offer expertise on topics and issues that pertain directly to a specific population. To learn more about the population-focused NCAs, please visit their websites.

 

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