H. R. 1072
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
February 17, 2023
Ms. Clarke of New York (for herself, Mr. Carter of Louisiana, Mr. Bowman, Ms. Barragán, Ms. Norton, Mrs. Watson Coleman, Ms. Moore of Wisconsin, and Ms. Lee of California) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce
To amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize supplemental awards to health centers to establish community transformation hubs.
This Act may be cited as the
Health Center Community Transformation Hub Act.
Supplemental awards to support community transformation hubs
Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 254b) is amended—
by redesignating subsection (r) as subsection (s); and
by inserting after subsection (q) the following:
Supplemental awards To support community transformation
The Secretary may award to a health center receiving a grant under another provision of this section, as a supplement to such grant, funds to implement a community transformation hub to address the social determinants of health faced by patients served by the health center.
Community transformation hub defined
In this subsection, the term community transformation hub means a network of community-based organizations capable of addressing primary social determinants of health, including—
access to transportation;
education access and quality;
systemic racism; and
health of the built environment.
In making supplemental awards under this subsection, the Secretary shall consider—
whether the health center involved has conducted an assessment of the social determinants of health facing the health center’s patient population; and
whether the proposed community transformation hub would sufficiently address these determinants.
The Secretary may allow health centers receiving a supplemental award under this subsection to carry out the activities supported through the award in partnership with community-based organizations through a contract, a subgrant, or a memorandum of understanding.
The Secretary may provide technical assistance to award recipients under this subsection with respect to planning, development, and operation of community transformation hubs supported under this subsection.
Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this subsection, the Secretary, acting through the Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration and the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, shall issue guidance on sustaining community transformation hubs funded under this section after such funding terminates.