Defining Your Service Area and Target Population: Some Considerations for AA&NHOPI-serving Community Health Centers – Webinar Resources

Published: August 18, 2014

Because health centers must serve Medically Underserved Areas/Populations (MUA/Ps) in order to receive Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) designation and/or Section 330 health center funding, identifying its service area and target population(s) is a crucial step in a new health center’s path to becoming a FQHC or FQHC look-alike. Defining a health center’s service area and target population is a strategic decision that can often be difficult. While many Asian American, Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islanders (AA&NHOPI) communities as a whole tend to congregate around centralized areas like churches or community businesses, individuals in these communities typically live in residences that are geographically dispersed making it hard for health centers to accurately define and pinpoint their service areas.

This webinar provided participants with:

  • An overview of the Health Resources and Services Administration’s technical requirements when seeking FQHC designation and/or Section 330 health center funding, and
  • Perspectives from a recent New Access Point grantee on strategies for determining service areas and target populations while staying true to a mission.

Jen Lee, Director of Community Services and Partnerships, AAPCHO


  • Pamela Byrnes, Senior Consultant, John Snow, Inc.
  • Michael Byun, Executive Director, Asian Services in Action, Inc.

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