Health Center Governance

The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) offers a variety of training and online resources to support health center boards govern effectively and help boards navigate the complex health care environment.

Board Governance Training Events

Sessions tailored to health center Board members are offered at NACHC’s Community Health Institute and Policy & Issues Forum.


Recorded Webinars and Modules

New! Modules on Board Financial Oversight

Accountable Care for Health Center Boards

 Board Succession Planning

 Board Chair Succession

 The Board’s Role in CEO Succession Planning

 Introduction to Board Service: Parts 1 and 2

Top Resources

New! CARES Act Funding and Financial Statements: Considerations for Health Center Boards
This short article addresses CARES Act funding and considerations for health center boards related to the impact on the center’s financial statements. This article was written at NACHC’s request by Jeff Allen and Sara Grenier from BKD, a national CPA and advisory firm.

Governance Guide for Health Center Boards / Guía para las Juntas Directivas del Centro de Salud (note: this resource replaces the former Health Center Program Governing Board Workbook)

 Governance and COVID-19 – Various articles are available in English and Spanish at -19/ (under “Governance”) that address issues connected to governing during COVID-19; topics include virtual board meetings, board-CEO partnership, and financial oversight, among others.

Health Center Boards: Benefits to Health Centers / Juntas de los centros de salud: beneficios de los centros de salud 

Payment Reform Fundamentals for Health Center Boards

Governing Board Succession Planning: A Case Study on Cherry Health / Planificación de sucesión de la junta directiva de los centros de salud comunitarios: Un caso práctico sobre Cherry Health

Essential Guides to Sustainability, Succession and Transition Planning (contains information on CEO Succession and CEO Transition/Hiring)

Additional Board Governance Resources: Visit the Health Center Resource Clearinghouse COVID-19 page and click on “Governance” to find information on various pandemic-related resources available to health center boards.

NACHC Certificate in Health Center Governance

NACHC offers a certificate program designed for Health Center Board Members who wish to follow a formal path of training and skills enhancement in the area of overall health center governance.

How do I earn certification in Health Center Governance?
To obtain certification, you must complete a total of 31 contact hours through attendance/participation in education sessions offered at NACHC’s national conferences including the Community Health Institute (CHI) and Policy & Issues Forum (P&I). One contact hour equals one hour of session time. The total 31 contact hours must be completed within three years of enrollment in the program.

Program participants must participate in the following sessions:

  • Board Member Boot Camp (5 contact hours offered at the CHI and P&I)
  • Setting the Bar: Legal Approaches to Health Center Board Compliance (2 contact hours offered at the CHI)

In addition to the required sessions listed above (Boot Camp and Setting the Bar), participants need to complete an additional 24 contact hours and may choose from other NACHC conference education sessions that are designated for contact hours in the areas of GOVERNANCE, POLICY, and ADVOCACY,* among others. Participants are encouraged to select a comprehensive course of study based on individual interests and the governance needs of the health center board on which they serve.

In addition to earning educational credits through NACHC conference attendance, participants can receive credits online via MyNACHC Learning Center (MyNACHC) at by listening to and completing audiotaped sessions associated with a conference they have attended.

How do I register or check on my progress?
To register or check your progress, visit the MyNACHC Learning Center (MyNACHC) at Log in using the email address we have on record and password. Information for the governance program will be found under the “Governance Program” tab. If you need login assistance or additional information, contact or (301) 347-0400.

*NACHC also has a Board Member Advocacy Certificate (BMAC) Program designed to educate and engage board members on advocacy and policy issues; for more information visit

For answers to health center governance questions and for more information, contact Emily Heard, Director, Health Center Governance Training, at 301-347-0400.