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Non-profit community-based health centers operate in a constantly changing and increasingly complex environment. To help health center Board members understand the legal, administrative, financial and clinical aspects of governing a health center, NACHC offers a variety of trainings and publications.

Introduction to Health Centers for Governing Board Members

Understand what it means to be on the board of a community health center and why a health center is unique compared to other health care providers.  In this  online, interactive, and free e-learning module, a health center board member can also learn about the development and early days of the Health Center Program.  This is a great resource to introduce new board members to the Health Center Program. 

To access the module, sign in to MyNACHC Learning Center and browse governance.  

For questions, contact Betsy Vieth, Director of Governance Support at

On-line Video Training

 Board Education Video Series  – NACHC has developed a resource for health center board members to use at their monthly board meetings to learn about and discuss their role to assure patient-centered services and compliance with funding requirements.  The Series currently has five “Modules” that each has brief video vignettes (approximately 5-6 minutes each) demonstrating scenarios of health center and board meeting operations.   After viewing a vignette, the entire board can address suggested discussion questions, looking at their health center’s experience and their own roles as board members.

On-line Documents

Governing Board Responsibilities and How to Do Them – This series of documents looks at nine governance requirements of the Health Center Program.  Each document addresses a particular requirement and describes what board members can do to achieve their oversight responsibilities, including information for the board to receive (usually from staff) and review, questions for the board to ask, and the significance of particular answers on health center operations and viability.  The guidance for each of the nine requirements can be downloaded for free by clicking on the title of this description.  A 48-page hard copy publication of all nine governance requirements can be purchased for $20 each.  Click here to place an order.

Governance Information Bulletins – This 19-document series provides information about health center board responsibilities and effective governance operations, and suggests best practices to address legal and regulatory governance requirements.  (Click on the link above to access these free resources in English or Spanish.  Click the name of the bulletin to download, then scroll down and click “Download, Click Here” and view a PDF file of the bulletin to save or print.

Conference Trainings and Education Sessions

Board Member Boot Camp – This training is offered at both NACHC national conferences and provides new and veteran board members with an overview of four key governance responsibilities:
• Legal Responsibilities and Liability
• Administration/Personnel Policy and Procedure Development
• Financial Responsibilities
• Clinical Aspects of the Health Center

Strengthening the Board Chair/CEO Partnership – This six-hour training is offered at the NACHC Community Health Institute conference and includes participation of both the health center’s CEO and Board Chair.   Through presentation, case studies, and interactive discussion, participants gain skills to support each other, optimize board resources, and plan and conduct board meetings that are engaging, productive, and enjoyable.  

Education Sessions – NACHC conferences include education sessions where board members gain knowledge and skills of high-performing board operations and legal compliance requirements, as well as experience networking opportunities to learn from other board members via roundtable discussions.  



07-02-2008   NACHC Board Governance Certificate (BCG) Program Description (26kb)

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