What We Do

Membership in MNACHC is open to all Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alikes operating delivery sites in Minnesota. FQHCs and FQHC Look-Alikes are defined by Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act and include Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker programs, Health Care for the Homeless programs, and Residents of Public Housing programs.

The Minnesota Association of Community Health Centers (MNACHC) is an organization that supports the state of Minnesota’s Community Health Centers in improving and maintaining the health and wellness of their patients and communities.

The Community Health Centers that comprise this network are located throughout the state of Minnesota in medically-underserved areas. They function as a safety net, providing comprehensive primary and preventive medical, dental, and behavioral health services to people who would otherwise lack access to this care.

We envision an environment in which all communities throughout the State have access to affordable and high-quality preventive health care and wellness services. MNACHC is committed to helping our membership attain measurable improvements in and the highest quality standards of care, by supporting them in:

Leading Response to Change

  • Assessing marketplace trends, advising members on implications, and leading the conversation on how best to organize/respond
  • Representing FQHC interests in state and national discussions around all aspects of health care reform, including payment reform, risk adjustment, and the Social Determinants of Health
  • Evaluating/disseminating/facilitating new grant funding opportunities and partnerships

Cultivating a Public Policy Environment Supportive of FQHCs

  • Impacting state public policy and engaging in state government relations work on behalf of Minnesota’s FQHCs
  • Serving as the FQHC voice with MNsure and with HRSA on outreach & enrollment
  • Building and cultivating relationships with state and federal agencies, elected officials, and policymakers and providing them with information on the needs of Minnesota’s medically underserved populations

Training/Technical Assistance

  • Monitoring and communicating federal program changes, news, developments, and opportunities
  • Providing support to FQHCs in understanding and meeting federal program requirements
  • Offering an annual conference (Many Faces of Community Health) with engaging, timely content, affordable pricing, continuing education credits, and networking
  • Offering an annual UDS training and other topical training as needed
  • Offering FQHC boards of directors training on governance, public policy, or other topics as needed
  • Facilitating FQHC Peer Learning Roundtables – Peer Learning Roundtables are groups of FQHC staff that convene to 1) leverage the collective knowledge of the group to accelerate FQHC quality improvement in administrative, financial, and clinical operations; 2) strengthen the relationships/networks among FQHC staff with similar job functions; and 3) gain strategic ideas and tactical skills to use on the job. Current Peer Learning Roundtables include:
    • CEO (ad hoc)
    • CMO
    • CFO
    • Behavioral Health
    • Quality Improvement
    • Human Resources
    • Care Coordinators
    • Telehealth
  • Providing individual FQHC support in clinical quality improvement:
    • Health Care Home requirements/certification
    • Meaningful Use requirements/attestation
    • Quality Improvement Plans
    • UDS clinical measures
    • SQRMS/Minnesota Community Measurement measures
    • FTCA

Other Benefits

  • Maintaining a “jobs board” free to FQHCs on MNACHC’s website
  • Offering a Group Purchasing Organization (GPO) through NACHC’s business development affiliate, Community Health Ventures
  • Offering a group membership with the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI)
  • “Shopping” for resources, templates, and samples policies needed by FQHCs