Special and Vulnerable Populations
Many Health Center Program grantees receive federal funds to provide health care and social services for the general underserved community and populations in their service areas.
Under Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act – the federal legislation creating the Health Center Program – some health centers receive funding to specifically target one of three “special populations” (as defined by the 330 statute):
- Section 330(g): Migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families
- Section 330(h): Individuals/persons experiencing homelessness
- Section 330(i): Residents of public housing
In addition, health centers provide comprehensive, culturally-competent primary health care services to a wide range of vulnerable populations such as (but not limited to) school children, the elderly, pregnant women and infants, immigrants, minority populations, the LGBT community, people with disabilities, and military veterans.