The role of federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) in serving the nation’s healthcare needs has grown substantially in recent decades.
From 2000 to 2018, the number of patients served by Health Resources & Service Administration (HRSA) funded health centers has almost tripled (9.6 million in 2000 to 28.3 million in 2018), and more than 28 million people — or 1 in 12 nationwide — use an HRSA-funded health center for primary care. For the rural patient population, that rate is closer to 1 in 5.
Whiteside County Community Health Clinic in Rock Falls, Ill., is one of the 1,400 FQHCs operating in the nation today. Beth Fiorini, RN, MS, chief executive officer of the clinic and public health administrator for the county’s health department, oversees the 154-employee organization.