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General Information for Starting a Health Center

By Drew Thomas, IPHCA CHC Finance and Operations Manager

Choose the Right Entity Type
Prepare to file Article of Incorporation in Indiana
Indiana Nonprofit Registration 
Apply for IRS Tax Exempt Status

To qualify as a public entity eligible for funding, the organization must be:
• A state or a political subdivision of the state with one or more sovereign powers,
• An instrumentality of government, such as those exempt under Internal Revenue Code section 115, or a subdivision, municipality, or instrumentality of a U.S.-affiliated sovereign state that is formally associated with the United States

Learn more about Health Center Program Eligibility here

Strategic Planning and Initial Steps toward Health Center Development
• Conduct a Community Readiness Assessment
• Examine Community Health and Healthcare Needs
• Identify Community Health Resources/Capacity for Primary Care
• Evaluate options for increasing access to primary care
• Engage in Health Center Planning
• Identify community stakeholders, such as government official, school districts, community, and faith-based organizations,
• Utilize resources from HRSA, National Cooperative Agreement Recipients, and Primary Care Association, and;
• Develop realistic, workable project timeline and expectations

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