Full Circle Health has received numerous grant awards to augment resident education and improve patient services for at-risk populations. Grant funds make it possible to expand curriculum to include special programs to enhance the resident experience and to better prepare him/her for practice in rural communities. 

Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC)

In 2007, Full Circle Health clinics were designated as Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alikes (community-based health care providers that meet the requirements of the HRSA Health Center Program, but do not receive Health Center Program funding). In 2013, Full Circle Health applied for a New Access Point (NAP) grant with three clinic locations and was awarded to become part of the Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) system. FQHCs are community-based health care providers that receive funds from the HRSA Health Center Program to provide primary care services in underserved areas. They must meet a stringent set of requirements, including providing care on a sliding fee scale based on ability to pay and operating under a governing board that includes patients as board members. This designation allows enhanced reimbursement for our Medicaid and Medicare patients allowing us to continue to offer this valuable and necessary service to this vulnerable population of patients. 

Teaching Health Center (THC) Graduate Medical Education (GME) Payment Program

In 2011, Full Circle Health was awarded designation as a Teaching Health Center (THC) by the federal government. This made our program one of the first of 11 in the nation to receive this designation for the Boise and Magic Valley Residency Programs. In 2022, we received awards for an expansion in our Boise and Caldwell Family Medicine Residencies and for our Pediatrics Residency. The THCGME Program helps communities grow their health workforce by training physicians in community-based settings with a focus on rural and underserved communities. This unique training model changes the physician training paradigm by providing the majority of training in community-based outpatient settings where most people receive their health care. While most residency programs base their training in hospitals, our programs train residents in outpatient settings in the community, such as community health centers. 

Ryan White- Early Intervention Services with Respect to HIV Disease

Full Circle Health has been a Ryan White Grantee since 1998. Ryan White Funds are used to provide comprehensive HIV care to those living in Southern Idaho. Our model of care is patient-centered, comprehensive primary care provided by HIV specialists. Commitment to this care model has led to the development of the HIV Primary Care Fellowship. The WC is seamlessly integrated with Full Circle Health, allowing for the provision of comprehensive health care services that the residency offers as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and Teaching Health Center (THC). Our program utilizes Part C funds to support comprehensive Early Intervention Services including HIV testing; counseling and referral; medical evaluation and clinical care, including appropriate CD4 cell count and HIV viral load monitoring, anti-retroviral therapy, prophylaxis and treatment of opportunistic infections, and screening and diagnosis of malignancies. Other primary care services include oral health care, outpatient mental health care and substance abuse care, nutritional services, and specialty care through formal referral mechanisms. Additional program services provided include medical case management and outreach services. 

Refugee and Entrance Assistance

Full Circle Health holds the state contract for screening all newly arrived refugees into Health District 4. When a refugee resettles in District 4 Full Circle Health is alerted and is responsible for initiating the screening within 30 days. Screening for both medical and mental health issues is included. The contract also allows for the provision of immunizations up to 12 months post arrival.