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The Keys to Quality Health Center Controlled Network (K2Q HCCN) supports participating health centers as they adopt and optimize health IT products, enhance comprehensive, integrated data collection and analysis, meet the requirements of the Meaningful Use Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive program, and improve clinical care and reduce costs through the use of health IT.

The program builds the capacity of participating health centers through individualized and peer technical assistance. K2Q HCCN has 12 member health centers, located in 7 different states, operating 8 different EHR products. There is no charge to participate in the K2Q HCCN. The National Nurse-Led Care Consortium executes all grant management and technical assistance activities for the K2Q HCCN program. This includes holding regular check-in meetings with members individually and as a network, assessing current member competencies and areas of need, providing direct technical assistance, and linking members to external experts and consultants when necessary.

Focus areas of K2Q HCCN technical assistance and training include:

  • Ensuring health IT implementation and meaningful use of EHR products (EHR transition support, Meaningful Use training, privacy and security assessments).
  • Supporting data validation and reporting capabilities (data analytics trainings, integration of non-clinical data, dashboarding services).
  • Facilitating health information exchange and population health management (connecting members to health information exchange, population health management training).
  • Improving quality and value through the use of health IT (quality improvement coaching, value-based contracting support, PCMH application support).

Applications to join the K2Q HCCN are considered on a case-by-case basis. The National Nurse-Led Care Consortium is the administering body of the Keys to Quality Health Center Controlled Network. Contact Casey Alrich for more information. 

This K2Q HCCN project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number H2QCS30283 of the Health Center Controlled Networks program for $500,000. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

This project aims to identify and bolster the public health preparedness of community health centers, including Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), nurse-managed health centers, and retail-based health care centers.

We assess the landscape of training resources currently available to these centers and clinics, identify preparedness best practices, build useful tools, and provide training and technical assistance. Our educational efforts include presenting webinars and designing publications with the goal of better enabling health clinics and centers to be able to respond to a pandemic or other public health emergency.

The National Nurse-Led Care Consortium has partnered with the Public Health Management Corporation’s Research and Evaluation Group and the Convenient Care Association for the public health preparedness project. This project is funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Network of Public Health Institutes.