Federally Qualified Health Centers

This indicator reports the number of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) in the community. This indicator is relevant because FQHCs are community assets that provide health care to vulnerable populations; they receive extra funding from the federal government to promote access to ambulatory care in areas designated as medically underserved.
Report Area Total Population Number of Federally Qualified Health Centers Rate of Federally Qualified Health Centers per 100,000 Population
Franklin County, PA 149,618 16 10.69
Pennsylvania 12,702,379 238 1.87
United States 312,471,327 7,646 2.45
Note: This indicator is compared with the state average.
Data Source: US Department of Health & Human Services, Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Provider of Services File. Dec. 2016. Source geography: Address

Website Updated December 11 2017 Site Reviewed January 05 2018

Federally Qualified Health Centers

Data Background

Providers of Service (POS) data is compiled quarterly by Research and Planning Consultants, LP (RPC) for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The Provider of Services (POS) Extract is created from the QIES (Quality Improvement Evaluation System) database. These data include provider number, name, and address and characterize the participating institutional providers. The data are collected through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Regional Offices. The file contains an individual record for each Medicare-approved provider and is updated quarterly.


Population figures are acquired for this indicator from the U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Decennial Census, Summary File 1. Addresses for all active federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) were acquired from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Providers of Service (POS) data file from June 2014. FQHC addresses were geocoded using the ESRI ArcGIS Online API to obtain the coordinates (point-location) of each facility. The resulting point location file was intersected with standard geographic areas (tracts, counties, and states) to generate a count of the total FQHCs in each area.


Race and Ethnicity
Statistics by race and ethnicity are not provided for this indicator.

Courtesy: Community Commons, <www.communitycommons.org>, November 2017