Health Care Ser­vice Corporation 

Awards for Fed­er­al­ly Qual­i­fied Health Cen­ters and Indi­an Health Ser­vice Facilities 

The Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC) and Centering Healthcare Institute (CHI) are pleased to offer upto 30 Implementation Awards to help clinical practices implement the CenteringPregnancy care model. The service awards are available for all Federally Qualified Health Centers (“FQHCs”) and/or Indian Health Services (“IHS") practice locations across HCSC’s five states including: Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.

The goals for this initiative include:

  1. Reduce the rates of preterm birth, low birth weight babies, and NICU admissions
  2. Improve prenatal and postpartum visit compliance with participating members
  3. Improve access to high quality and patient-centered maternity care for communities at risk for poor birth outcomes.

Award Details

These awards will cover two years of implementation support from the CHI team including:

  • First year annual site license fee
  • First year implementation support
  • First year Kickoff Day site visit
  • Basic facilitation training workshop for up to 15 participants
  • Second year annual site license fee
  • Second year implementation support
  • Site accreditation visit and determination

Retail value of technical assistance services = $38,675.

IMPORTANT: This is NOT a monetary award. It is an award for in-kind services.

Award Qualification Criteria

  • Practice must be an FQHC or look-alike or Indian Health Service site.
  • Practice must be located in one of these states: Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.
  • Practice must be in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma or Texas
  • Provide obstetric primary care that will transition to CenteringPregnancy
  • Have adequate patient volume for group care (e.g. 150 obstetric patients per year per location for CenteringPregnancy),
  • Have a group space identified that is appropriate for CenteringPregnancy (if the room is not dedicated, Centering will have priority use).
  • All applicants must submit a completed Centering Readiness Assessment and meet the basic requirements for becoming and remaining a Centering practice

How to Apply

Please submit a Centering Readiness Assessment and schedule a follow up call with CHI Practice Services. Please indicate that you are interested in being considered for this opportunity.

Qualified practices will be contacted with any additional next steps.

Expectations of Grantees

Awardees will be required to complete the following documentation before starting implementation. Click to view and download samples:

Submission Timeline

There is no deadline for application. Awards will be made to qualified practices on a first come first serve basis until 30 awards have been issued.


For questions regarding the CenteringPregnancy model, CenteringPregnancy basic readiness guidelines, licensure, and accreditation, please contact CHI at:

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