Financing Community Health Centers
Through this capacity building effort launched in 2013, CDFIs developed skills to successfully finance community health centers in medically underserved markets. At the time, Community Health Centers (CHCs) provided the largest network of primary care services in the U.S., reaching more than 20 million patients annually. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) envisioned that CHCs would double patient capacity to 40 million over five years and play a critical role in meeting expanded demand for community health services.
OFN partnered with industry leading experts, CapitalLink, Primary Care Development Corporation, and Capital Impact Partners — who collectively had more than 70 years of experience underwriting more than 1,000 CHCs — to develop a robust training and technical assistance program for CDFIs.
Technical Assistance: Comprehensive individual and group technical assistance was available to CDFIs that attended one of the Foundations trainings, and a robust schedule of technical assistance webinars was open
Advanced Financing CHC Forum: OFN and the National Association of Community Health Centers co-convened an Advanced Forum on financing CHCs that brought together CDFI stakeholders to share best practices and exchange knowledge.
Foundations in Financing CHCs Trainings: OFN offered six, free, two-day training workshops to provide CDFIs with a comprehensive overview of the CHC landscape and how CDFIs can provide financial services to CHCs.