Nurse-Managed Health Centers

Nurse-Managed Health Centers: National Nursing Centers Consortium & Institute for Nursing Centers

Meeting the Needs of Underserved Patients


Background & Goal

More than 46 million Americans lack health insurance coverage and are underserved by the conventional health care system.

NNCC’s and INCS’s Goal is to provide primary health care, health promotion and disease prevention services to underserved populations in urban and rural communities across the United States where there are large percentages of the underserved and uninsured. The Institute for Nursing Centers (INC) maintains a data warehouse and tracks consensus based clinical and financial national data on NMHCs as well as evaluating outcomes of care in these centers.

Model Description

National Nursing Centers Consortium (NNCC) is a national network of over 200 Nurse-Managed Health Centers (NMHCs) nationwide, many of them associated with schools of nursing, serving 2.5 million patients across the U.S. They provide accessible affordable quality health care and critical health services to underserved populations while also educating nurses and nurse practitioners for the future. NMHCs seek to strengthen the capacity, growth and development of NMHCs to provide quality care to vulnerable populations and to eliminate health disparities in underserved communities. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services evaluation, NMHCs meet the criteria for safety-net providers, as defined by the Institute of Medicine and an essential part of the health care safety net in the U.S.

Evidence of Success

  • Produces equal or better outcomes at equal or lower costs when compared with health outcomes and costs in the aggregate.
  • Have higher rates of generic medication fills, and lower rates of hospitalization than similar providers.
  • Published findings regularly
  • Called on for consultation and advice from NMHCs as well as state and federal policy makers

For More Information Contact:

Tine Hansen-Turton

National Nursing Centers Consortium 
260 S Broad St. 18th Floor
Philadelphia PA 19102



Joanne M. Pohl, PhD, ANP-BC, FAAN, FAANP

Professor Emerita, Primary Investigator, 
Institute for Nursing Centers
The University of Michigan School of Nursing
400 North Ingalls Street 
Ann Arbor, MI 48109