Health Centers / Board Governance
Federally-funded Community Health Centers are health care organizations with a set of unique requirements. One of their most distinctive characteristics is community-based governance with a consumer majority. The governing board is composed of individuals, a majority of whom receive their health care services at the Community Health Center, and who, as a group, represent all the individuals being served by the center. This governance model places sizable responsibilities on board members. These part-time, unpaid board members serve as fiduciaries to ensure that the organization’s assets benefit the community it serves and assumes full authority and oversight responsibility for the health center.
GBPCA recognizes the important role that board members play in ensuring that their health center is responsive to the health care needs of their community. We work to ensure that the Board of Directors of each existing or new FQHC in Nevada understands their roles and responsibilities. To do this, we have placed on our web site educational and resource materials for a variety of topics related to health centers and the delivery of comprehensive primary and preventive care to medically underserved areas and populations. The resources for health center board members contain a nine-part educational series on program requirements and governance responsibilities, 19 informational briefs for board members in both English and Spanish, and other relevant documents.
We also offer individualized Board trainings to new or existing health centers. For more information about these sessions, please contact:
Nancy E. Hook, Executive Director
Great Basin Primary Care Association
321 W. Winnie Lane #104
Carson City, NV 89703