Strengthening Health Centers to Support Healthier Communities

Capital Link is a non-profit organization that has worked with hundreds of health centers and primary care associations (PCAs) for 25 years to plan for sustainability and growth, access capital, improve and optimize operations and financial management, and articulate value. We provide an extensive range of services, customized according to need, with the goal of strengthening health centers—financially and operationally—in a rapidly changing marketplace.

The majority of our clients are federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), a group of over 1,400 non-profit, community-directed organizations that provide primary and preventive health care to patients nationwide without regard to insurance status or their ability to pay for care. FQHCs are a vital component of the country's health system, serving low-income and medically underserved populations in rural and urban communities.

Capital Link maintains a database of almost 10,000 health center audited financial statements from 2005 to 2017, incorporating approximately 75% of all health centers nationally in any given year. This proprietary database is the only one of its kind as it exclusively contains health center information and enables us to provide information and insights tailored to the industry. 

Capital Link provides a variety of services, including:

  • Industry vision and leadership in the development of capitalization strategies for facilities and operational expansion

  • Metrics and analytical services for measuring health center impact, evaluating financial and operating trends and promoting performance improvement

  • Direct assistance to health centers and complementary nonprofits in planning for and financing operational growth and capital needs

Capital Link has received funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through a succession of contracts and National Cooperative Agreements since the late 1990s, as well as from foundations. Consequently, we are able to provide a number of tools, resources, and services to health centers without charge or at reduced rates. We also work in partnership with the National Association of Community Health Centers and state-based Primary Care Associations across the country to help identify, plan for and meet the capital needs associated with the growth of the health center system at the state and federal levels.

 

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