Community Health Center logic model

Click on any linked activities to view samples of related research evidence. Click on linked outcomes to view sources of data for measuring outcomes and question wording examples to collect your own outcome data. If you're using a mouse, hover over linked items to highlight any evidence related items. Use the entire model as a map for understanding how the work of community development and health organizations collaboratively leads to improved community health.


Community plans
Evidence-based practice literature
Location, site
Source of funds
Computer lab
Dental care services
Employment training services
Financial education
Financing for federally qualified community health center (FQHC) or look-alike
Fitness classes/recreation activities
Health insurance exchange navigation
Healthy food distributed at no cost to recipient (e.g. backpack program, food pantry, meal program)
Healthy food prescriptions
Housing assistance
Medical care services
Mental health treatment services
Nutrition education
Smoking cessation programs
Substance abuse treatment services
Youth programming
Dollars invested (amount of)
FQHC or look-alike facilities financed (number of)
Jobs created/retained as a result of financing or programming (number of)
Mental health treatment program participants (number of)
Participants served by human service programs offered by community health center (number of)
Patient visits, total (number of)
Patients who receive dental services (number of)
Patients who receive mental health treatment services (number of)
Patients who receive primary care services (number of)
Patients who receive substance abuse treatment services (number of)
Residents with increased access to primary care services (number of)
Access to cessation treatment increases
Access to dental care increases
Access to mental health services increases
Access to social activities and connection
Financial knowledge increases
Food security increases
Health care coverage rates increase
Immunization rate (on time) increases
Increased understanding of available jobs
Medical home/regular primary care provider (population with) increases
Population to physician ratio improves
Consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables increases
Employee absenteeism decreases
Employment skills increase
Health and well-being self-reports improve
Health care cost burden decreases
Identification of social, physical, and learning problems occurs earlier
Physical activity increases
Positive financial behaviors increase
Preventative screening rates increase
School attendance increases
Sense of community (social connectedness) increases
Stress decreases
Tobacco use decreases
Academic proficiency scores increase
Child abuse/ maltreatment/ neglect decreases
Diabetes rate decreases
Disability rates decrease
Emergency room admissions decrease
Employment rate increases
Graduation rate increases
Health disparities decrease
High blood pressure rates decrease
High cholesterol rates decrease
Life expectancy increases
Mental health problems decrease
Obesity rate decreases
Preventable hospitalizations decrease
Property values increase

About this logic model

This example logic model provides a menu of typical inputs, activities, outputs, and outcomes for community development and health organizations that work in the Community Health Center field.

The activities listed in this example logic model link, whenever possible, to examples of research literature providing evidence that a specific activity leads to a health-related outcome included in the logic model. The outcomes link, whenever possible, to measures already collected through existing data sources and to measures that might require users to collect their own data through a survey, or other means. Click on these linked items to view the related evidence or measures.

Influence on social determinants of health:

Federally qualified community health centers (CHC) provide access to health care in underserved communities.

New/rehabbed community health center buildings can serve as anchor institutions by providing an access point for other community services and by serving as catalysts for other economic development.