Community Health Program

What We Do

The Community Health program strengthens North Carolina’s health care Safety Net infrastructure to ensure that the state’s low income and vulnerable residents (Uninsured, Underinsured, Medicare and Medicaid) have access to affordable and appropriate high quality care.
Community Health Program Profile


  • Increase access to preventive and primary care services for medically vulnerable patients in primary care locations
  • Establish primary care safety net services in counties where no such services exist
  • Create new services or augment existing primary care and preventive medical services
  • Increase capacity to serve low income patients by enhancing or replacing facilities, equipment, or technologies


The following Safety Net organizations, by statute, are eligible for Community Health Grant Funding:

  • Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Clinics
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) and Look-Alikes
  • Free and Charitable Clinics
  • Hospital Owned Primary Care Clinics
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Public Health Departments that provide Primary Care
  • Rural Health Clinics
  • School-Based and School Linked Centers

Community Health Program Coverage in North Carolina
Grant Opportunities for Community Health Program


North Carolina Community Health Program
Office of Rural Health
2009 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699

Nicole Fields-Pierre, Community Health Program Manager