Special Populations

Welcome to the CHAMPS Special Populations Overview webpage. CHAMPS developed this online resource to support Region VIII health centers in finding technical assistance and training regarding special populations. If you have questions about this page, please contact CHAMPS Programs/Outreach & Enrollment Coordinator.

In order to better understand Special Populations, please click or scroll down for:
Special Populations Introduction
CHAMPS Special Populations Webpages
Other Related CHAMPS Resources
Annual National and Region VIII Special Populations Trainings

Note: Click HERE to download an overview of CHAMPS’ special populations online resources. Please feel free to distribute this flyer to other interested parties.


Health centers are community-based organizations that serve populations with limited access to health care. Some health centers also receive specific funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to focus on certain special populations:

  • Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers and their families
  • Persons experiencing homelessness
  • Residents of public housing

Visit the CHAMPS Community, Migrant, Homeless, & Public Housing Health Centers webpage to learn more about health centers.

HRSA also awards funding to organizations through National Cooperative Agreements to provide training and technical assistance to the above special populations in addition to these vulnerable populations:

  • Asian Americans and other Pacific Islanders
  • Aging populations
  • Extremely low income individuals
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Populations
  • School-aged children

National Cooperative Agreements also address a number of training areas that may affect special populations. These topics include:

  • Capital financing
  • Clinician recruitment and retention
  • Medical-legal partnership

Visit the CHAMPS National Cooperative Agreements (NCAs) webpage for links to organizations that receive this funding.

Visit HRSA’s National Cooperative Agreements webpage for additional information.


Homeless and Public Housing Resources
Fact Sheets, Reports, Statistics, Provider Resources, Continuing Education and Conferences, State Specific Organizations, Outreach and Enrollment, and Other Online Resources

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Resources
Fact Sheets, Reports, Statistics, Clinician Resources, Continuing Education and Trainings, and National Organizations and Coalitions

Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers (MSFW) Resources
Fact Sheets, Reports, Presentations, News, Clinician Resources, Continuing Education and Conferences, Environmental and Occupational Safety, Patient Education Tools, Outreach and Enrollment, and Other Online Resources

Veterans Resources
Terms, Acronyms, Fact Sheets, Reports, Statistics, Provider Resources, Workforce Resources, State-Specific Organizations, Outreach and Enrollment, and Other Online Resources


Cultural Competency
Definitions, Why It’s Important, Applications to Healthcare Setting, Resources for Healthcare Professionals

Online Region VIII Health Center Directory (Members Only)
Searchable by health center funding type

Outreach to Specific Populations
Information about outreach and enrollment for people living with HIV, homeless, immigrants, incarcerated, Latinos, LGBT, migrant and seasonal farmworkers, Native Americans, refugees, rural, veterans, youth, and women

Quarterly Newsletter
Includes a Special Populations section with resources and trainings

Region VIII BPHC UDS Summary
Includes Special Populations patient demographics

Spanish Language
Classes and Tutorials, Online Language Learning Tools, Medical Reference, Translation, and Interpretation Products and Services, Patient Education Tools, Disease/Condition Specific Patient Education Handouts



Health Center and Public Housing National Symposium
National Center for Health in Public Housing (NCHP)

National Center for Farmworker Health
Midwest Stream Forum for Agricultural Worker Health

National Conference for Agricultural Worker Health
National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC)

National Heath Care for the Homeless Conference
National Health Care for the Homeless Council