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Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act

Program Requirements 

Health centers are non-profit private or public entities that serve designated medically underserved populations/areas or special medically underserved populations comprised of migrant and seasonal farmworkers, the homeless or residents of public housing. A summary of the key health center program requirements is provided below. For additional information on these requirements, please review: 

19 Health Center Program Requirements (pdf) 


330 Statute and Regulations 


Health Center Program Statute: Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. §254b)
Program Regulations: 42 CFR Part 51c and 42 CFR Parts 56.201-56.604
Grants Regulations: 45 CFR Part 74

Emergency Preparedness

Health Center Emergency Management Program Expectations 

Expections: Health centers must have risk management policies and procedures in place
that proactively and continually identify and plan for potential and actual risks to the health
center in terms of its facilities, staff, clients/patients, financial, clinical, and organizational
well-being. Plans and procedures for emergency management must be integrated into a
health center’s risk management approach to assure that suitable guidelines are
established and followed so that it can respond effectively and appropriately to an
New Hampshire - Emergency Management Office
State Office Park South, 33 Hazen Dr, Concord, New Hampshire 03305
(603) 271-2231 (603) 271-3609 FAX
Vermont - Emergency Management Office
Vermont Emergency Management Agency, Department of Public Safety
Waterbury State Complex, 103 South Main Street, Waterbury, Vermont 05671-2101
(802) 244-8721
(800) 347-0488
(802) 244-8655 FAX


There are a wide range of resources available to assist health centers in support of emergency management activities. Listed below are a number of Federal references health centers may find helpful. 

Top Health Center Tools

Policy Information Notices & Program Assistance Letters
Health Center Program Requirements
Clinical and Financial Performance Measures
Health Center Site Visit Guide
Primary Care Associations, Primary Care Offices, and National Cooperative Agreements
HRSA Patient Centered Medical Health Home Initiative
Health Center Accreditation
Health Center Capital Development Programs
Health Center Controlled Networks
Primary Care Fact Sheet (PDF - 649 KB)
Health Center Terminology Tip Sheet (PDF - 234 KB)
Technical Assistance Calendar
Samples and Templates Resource Center

 Service Area Overlap  

HIV Services

HIV Testing in Health Centers – New Recommendations
Program Assistance Letter 2013-09
HIV Testing in Health-Care Settings
Program Assistance Letter 2010-13 

Public Agency Status 

Special Populations 


Health Center Management & Finance





Guidance on Definition of "Public Charge" in Immigration Laws and Policies
Program Assistance Letter 1999-25
Guidance on the Federal Anti-Kickback Law
Program Assistance Letter 1995-10 

Loan Guarantee



Progressive Action Process

Scope of Project 


Health Center Governance 




Quality, Risk Management, and Reporting 



Federal Tort Claims Act (Malpractice) 

Uniform Data Systems

Recovery Act Reporting


Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alikes 

Dual Status



Health Center Program Policies


About PINs & PALs


Policy Information Notices (PINs) define and clarify policies and procedures that grantees funded under Section 330 must follow.
Program Assistance Letters (PALs) summarize and explain items of significance for health centers, including, for example, HRSA program implementation activities, recently enacted laws, final regulations, and/or new HHS initiatives.
PINs and PALs that are no longer considered current policy are removed from the active Health Center Program website. To review applicable Health Center Program policies and information documents, refer to the PINs and PALs that are currently available at http://www.bphc.hrsa.gov/policiesregulations/policies/index.html.