Reviewing the Bureau of Primary Health Care Need for Assistance Worksheet

Dates: 2011-2012

Geographic Scope: Nationwide

Client(s): Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC)

Services: Health Care & Public Health Planning, Training & Technical Assistance

Technical Expertise: Safety Net, Primary Care

The New Access Points (NAP) funding opportunity supports the creation of new federally-qualified community health centers (FQHCs) in medically underserved areas. Further, it supports the expansion of preventive and primary care services at existing FQHC sites, including oral and behavioral health services. The goal of NAP is to "address the unique and significant barriers to affordable and accessible primary health care services for the specific population and/or community targeted by the applicants," and thus, improving the health status of the United States' underserved communities and vulnerable populations.

As part of the NAP submission, applicants are required to quantify need in their targeted community or population through the Need for Assistance (NFA) worksheet. JSI reviewed the NFA methodology and made recommendations for improvement that incorporate updated indicators/barriers, benchmarks, data sources, and scoring. Further, JSI provided technical assistance to Bureau of Primary Health Care leadership and grantees on the new methodology.

This project was funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC).