An essential and distinguishing element of the Health Center Program is governance by and for the people served. Health centers funded by HRSA must have a governing body which assumes full authority and oversight responsibility for the health center. Governance requirements for health centers are addressed in law, regulations, and policies.
Health center governing boards must maintain an acceptable size, composition, and meeting schedules. The governing body must have at least nine but no more than 25 members.
Health center boards are comprised of individuals who volunteer their time and energy to create a fiscally and managerially strong organization for the purpose of improving the health status of their communities.
Employees of the health center and their spouses, children, parents, or siblings (through blood or marriage) cannot be members of the health center governing board.
In general, the health center governing board should have at least enough members to:
The following is a H R S A flash movie. The movie contains a link to http://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/ where you can search for health centers by location.
Authorizing Legislation (Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act)