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Data, Reports & Maps

Need for Assistance Worksheet

The Need for Assistance (NFA) worksheet looks at a specified geographic area and provides a score that is based on specific core barriers to care and other health indicators to prioritize underserved areas in need of more healthcare resources. NFA worksheets are a requirement for new access point applications for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) or FQHC Look-Alikes. The Bureau of Health Systems Development has developed a database to pull together all of the information required in a NFA worksheet and provides this information as a free resource.

The barriers and health indicators covered in the NFA worksheet include:

  • Population to One FTE Primary Care Physician Ratio
  • Percent of Population at or Below 200 Percent of Poverty
  • Percent of Population Uninsured
  • Distance or Travel Time to Nearest Primary Care Provider Accepting New Medicaid and/or Uninsured Patients
  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Cancer
  • Prenatal and Perinatal Health
  • Child Health

Review the NFA Data Resource Guide for more information on the data included in the NFA.

Sample NFA worksheet

NFA Score Conversion Table

To request a Need for Assistance worksheet, please complete the NFA request form and email it to Cielo Mohapatra.

Helpful Links

Note: Information provided in PDF files, unless otherwise indicated.