Primary Care



Funding Area

Primary Care


February 28, 2018


This NYHealth issue brief examines a series of investments to the Community Health Care Association of New York State (CHCANYS) to help federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) meet the demand for high-quality primary care, control costs, and provide opportunities for primary care providers to practice innovative care delivery models for high-need populations.

With NYHealth support, CHCANYS:

  • Assisted its members interested in applying for federal New Access Point (NAP) funding in 2010. The Health Resources and Services Administration’s NAP financing opportunity is designed to improve the health of underserved and vulnerable populations by providing operational support for new primary health care service delivery sites.
  • Provided targeted, intensive technical assistance to member sites in four medically underserved regions of New York State to develop their applications for another round of NAP grants in 2014.
  • Produced a statewide plan for achieving greater primary care access for New Yorkers with recommendations on high-priority communities of need and opportunities to build greater patient visit capacity.
  • Supported FQHCs in their workforce recruitment and retention efforts, as identified in the statewide plan.

NYHealth’s investments in community health centers across New York State, which serve its most vulnerable populations, have helped to ensure that FQHCs are positioned to implement effective models to increase access to primary care; able to build up and maintain a cadre of qualified health professionals; and take advantage of timely federal funding.

$ 50M in federal NAP funding has been awarded to FQHCs in New York since 2011
63 % of FQHCs in New York State received TA to help them participate in recruitment/retention programs