NACHC Webinar for Health Center Program Look-Alikes: Building Your Grants Management Infrastructure (& Drawing Down Your ECT Funds!)

March 25 | 1:00 โ€“ 2:30 pm EDT

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In July of 2020, HRSA announced an unprecedented opportunity for its Health Center Program Look-Alikes in the Expanding Capacity for Coronavirus Testing (ECT) awards. These one-time funding awards support Look-Alikes with the purchase, administration, and expansion of testing to monitor and suppress the spread of COVID-19.

This webinar will provide a deep-dive for Look-Alike Health Centers on how to thoughtfully build, administer and sustain a successful grants management program and infrastructure.

Catherine Gilpin, CPA, Director โ€“ BKD CPAs and Advisors, a national accounting firm, will discuss a variety of challenges and barriers related to the use of grant funding. ย BKD will provide an overview of how to develop a grants management program and will provide suggested templates of required policies that need to be implemented to support grants management.

Senior leadership from The Wright Center for Community Health (TWCCH), a Health Center Program Look-Alike located in Northeastern Pennsylvania with experience in managing HRSA grant funds, will highlight their approach to building a successful grants management infrastructure. Their approach involves board education and input, strategic planning, building a robust grants management system, and keeping an eye toward fiscal sustainability. This approach has enabled TWC to be one of only eight Look-Alikes that have fully drawn down their ECT funds. Time will be reserved for discussion and Q&A.

Audience: Leaders from Look-Alikes that received ECT funds โ€“ in particular, Chief Executive Officers, Chief Financial Officers, Chief Operating Officers, and Chief Medical Officers โ€“ are encouraged to attend this session.

ย Learning Objectives

  1. Highlight challenges and barriers for health centers related to building a grants management program and using funds.
  2. Provide an example one health centerโ€™s approach to building a successful grants management program; and
  3. Promote the importance of drawing down HRSA funds to Look-Alike Health Centers


  • Catherine Gilpin, CPA, Director, BKD
  • Meaghan Ruddy, SVP, Enterprise Assessment and Advancement and Chief Research & Development Officer, The Wright Center
  • Tiffany Jaskulski, Chief Operating Officer, The Wright Center
  • Tom Glaser, Associate Vice President of Grant Operations, The Wright Center

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This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $7,287,500 with 0 percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visitย