Tri-Town CHC Needs Assessment and FQHC Development Project

Dates: 2007-2008

State: Rhode Island

Client(s): Tri-Town Community Action Agency, Johnston, RI

Service: Health Care & Public Health Planning

Technical Expertise: State and Local Public Health


Tri-Town Community Action Agency is a community-based, multi-purpose organization based in Johnston, Rhode Island, that is committed to providing quality, comprehensive health care, social, and advocacy services to individuals and families in need. Tri-Town operates a broad array of programs, including a comprehensive community health center, that are tailored to meet the needs of those at-risk in its service area.

JSI was engaged by Tri-Town to assist them to conduct a brief community health needs and health center operational assessment. However, the primary aim of the project was to assist the agency to develop and submit a Federally Qualified Health Center Application to the Bureau of Primary Health Care so that Tri-Town could become a 330-funded FQHC. JSI staff conducted the needs assessment, a comprehensive operational and program assessment, and then worked with Tri-Town staff to write and submit the application, which was funded in early 2009.