Health First Community Health Center has been recognized by the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) Health Center Program as a Health Center Quality Leader in 2017. The certificate of achievement was awarded to Health First in recognition of exemplary service and commitment to quality health care.
As part of HRSA’s commitment to recognize clinical quality, HRSA issued Health Center Quality Certificates to 47 health centers that achieved National Quality Leader recognition and 393 health centers that achieved Health Center Quality Leader recognition. Quality Leader recognition is based on HRSA’s August 2017 awards of nearly $105 million to 1,333 health centers as an investment in quality improvement, building on 2016 achievements. Organizations received these funds based upon high levels of performance indicated in clinical and financial information submitted to the HRSA Health Center Program Uniform Data System (UDS) for calendar year 2016.
Health Center Quality Leaders were among the top 30% of all HRSA-supported health centers that achieved the best overall clinical outcomes, demonstrating high-quality across their clinical operations. Benchmarks were determined by mathematically adjusting for certain health center characteristics facilitating comparisons across health centers, and sorting health centers into quartiles for each clinical quality measure. Health centers are assigned a quartile ranking for each of several critical clinical quality measures, based on their performance. These rankings are then averaged together to create an Average Quartile Ranking (AQR). Health centers that ranked in the top decile (top 30% of average quartile rankings) are awarded Health Center Quality Leader recognition.