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What is a FQHC?

Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) are community-based health care providers that receive funds from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Health Center Program to provide primary care services in under-served areas. They must offer a sliding fee scale based on ability to pay and include patients on their governing board, among other rules.

FQHCs may be community health centers, migrant health centers, health care for the homeless, or health centers for residents of public housing. 

The defining legislation for FQHCs is Section 1905(l)(2)(B) of the Social Security Act. 

Fact sheet: https://bphc.hrsa.gov/about/healthcenterfactsheet.pdf


Chestnut Family Health Center is committed to your health. At present, Chestnut Family Health Center is not offering COVID-19 testing. During the coronavirus outbreak, we have put the following guidelines into practice:


  • If you have a fever, cough, difficulty breathing or have been near someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please do not come to our office even if you have an appointment. Please call our office for an over-the-phone evaluation by our staff. 
  • If you have concerns about coming to our office for a scheduled appointment, please call our office at least one day before your appointment to talk with staff. 
  • Avoid public places, groups of more than ten people, physically touching other people, and touching your face. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 

We value our patients and want to ensure their safety. Thank you for your cooperation.


If you feel that you have a medical emergency, please call 911 or go to one of the local hospital Emergency Departments.