The Georgia Association for Primary Health Care, Inc. (GAPHC) is a membership organization for all Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) in the state of Georgia. GAPHC is designated as the state Primary Care Association (PCA) by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. There are similar organizations representing every state in the nation.
GAPHC was founded in 1977 and is a statewide organization located in the Atlanta Metropolitan Area. GAPHC is quite familiar and knowledgeable about the relevant rules and regulations governing FQHC – Section 330 organizations. GAPHC is very active in the development of various operational models for FQHC organizations. GAPHC provides direction and leadership for required community development activities that are related to both the development of new start FQHC organizations and operations of existing FQHC organizations.
GAPHC represents all 34 HRSA funded Georgia FQHC organizations. Collectively, the Georgia FQHC organizations have approximately 203 clinic sites in 111 counties in the state. Our mission is to improve access to comprehensive primary health care services for all medically underserved Georgians and to support the continued development and expansion of community-based health center practice systems (or FQHCs) throughout the state.
GAPHC works with its members to:
Provide training and technical assistance
Assist in reaching legislators
Develop new health centers for underserved Georgians
Much of GAPHC’s success is the result of the general and overall cooperative approach. GAPHC as well as the individual FQHC members have made efforts to work in concert with other health care organizations in Georgia including the Georgia Rural Health Association, the Georgia Hospital Association and many other organizations and individuals. Our organization has also made efforts to educate Georgia’s elected officials regarding the work of GAPHC and the member FQHC organizations. These efforts have allowed greater involvement with our elected officials, both state and federal, and have resulted in GAPHC and the FQHC organizations being included as stakeholders in health care reform and health delivery changes throughout Georgia.