Development of a Federally Qualified Health Center in Houston, Texas

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Abstract of Journal Article - July 2007  

By Patrick McColloster, MD

Approximately 30% of the population of Texas is uninsured. County and state health care budgets are limited. Gentrification of inner-city areas has displaced indigent populations to remote suburbs. Social service infrastructures are often not accessible. Federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) can provide a safety net of care for these patients while allowing local facility control. This paper describes the steps involved in forming a successful FQHC. The process begins with designating a region as a medically underserved area and forming a nonprofit organization. References to the necessary federal policies are included. Essential characteristics of sustainable programs are reviewed. 

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