Health Center Governance

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

Board Governance Training Events

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

Board Member Boot Camp
CHI@Home | Sunday, August 30, 2020
Early Bird Registration Ends August 3rd!
Register Today Online or via a Registration Form!

Health center board members are invited to participate in NACHC’s virtual Board Member Boot Camp preconference taking place before CHI@Home! Participants must register separately!

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Recorded Webinars and Modules

New! Modules on Board Financial Oversight

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! Governance Guide for Health Center Boards (note: this resource replaces the former Health Center Program Governing Board Workbook)

COMING SOON! Manual de Gobierno para las Juntas Directivas del Centro de Salud (Spanish translation of Governance Guide for Health Center Boards)

Spanish Translation of Governance Workbook: Programa de Centros Comunitarios de Salud Libro de Ejercicios del Consejo de Gobierno

Payment Reform: Supplement to Governing Board Workbook

Governing Board Succession Planning: A Case Study on Cherry Health

Spanish Translation of Governing Board Succession Planning Case Study: 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)

Creating an Annual Board Work Plan

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.