FQHC Needs Assessment 

Demonstrating a high degree of need is the first step in applying for New Access Point (NAP) funding, and existing health centers are required to periodically document the healthcare needs of their community. NAP applicants must complete the Form 9: Need for Assistance Worksheet and are scored on specific indicators using predetermined benchmarks. This document also serves as a useful guide for FQHCs to follow in determining what indicators to focus on.  HRSA developed a Data Resource Guide designed to assist applicants with completing the Need for Assistance Worksheet.
FACHC is here to help health centers with their needs assessment efforts.

Needs Assessment Resources

Community Needs Assessment and Data-Supported Decision Making: Keys to Building Responsive and Effective Health Centers, NACHC 2012
HRSA Needs Assessment Webinar, National Healthcare for the Homeless Council, February, 2014
A Needs Assessment Toolkit for Healthcare for the Homeless Grantees, National Healthcare for the Homeless Council
HRSA Service Area Overlap policies


Rural Data Visualizations Rural Health Information Hub
FACHC Vulnerable Populations Data
American Fact Finder U.S. Census Bureau Data
UDS Mapper Allows users to view, map and download population and health center data at the Zip Code level.
HRSA Uniform Data System Health center data at the organizational, state and national level.
Health Data Warehouse Data and maps from more than 30 HRSA and other federal government sources.
Community Health Status Indicators An interactive application that produces health profiles for all 3,143 counties in the United States.
Florida CHARTs The Florida Department of Health’s Community Health Assessment Resource Tool Set
The 500 Cities Project Maps small area estimates for behavioral risk factors that influence health status, health outcomes, and the use of clinical preventive service.  
500 Cities: Local Data for Better Health Download PDF files containing health indicators at the census tract level - for the five hundred largest cities in the U.S.
The Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Quality Explorer: Data for 211 ACOs participating in the Medicare Shared Saving Program (MSSP). Allows visualization of 33 quality metrics across 5 domains, compared against CMS benchmarks.


Florida Regional Health Planning Councils Develop district health plans containing data, analysis, and recommendations that relate to health care status and needs in the community.
The Cecil G. Shepps Center for Health Services Research

For more information, contact Erin Sologaistoa at [email protected]