Community Health Independent Practice Association (CHIPA) is New York’s oldest and largest provider association comprised exclusively of federally qualified community health centers (FQHCs).

Recognizing the critical importance of primary-care to ensure optimal health and avert costly inpatient utilization, CHIPA was founded in 2015 to help New York-based FQHCs align quality improvement strategies, augment data collection and analytics, and facilitate the movement toward pay for value.

Together, our membership of 14 FQHCs serves nearly 600,000 New Yorkers annually, including about 400,000 Medicaid members.


CHIPA serves as a health care delivery transformation hub at the forefront of the health care industry’s shift towards value-based care. Our unique model harnesses the ability of FQHCs to work collaboratively, sharing clinical and care management best practices, evidence-based change management strategies, and a curated set of vendor technologies to amplify in-person services. CHIPA’s management of value-based contracts on behalf of our members has saved the New York Medicaid program $14.6 million over 5 years, savings which are reinvested directly into the health centers and the communities they serve, not investors or third parties.

What sets CHIPA apart from other IPAs is that our FQHC members all share a common legacy and purpose: to provide high-quality primary and preventive services to all individuals in the community. There are CHIPA health center sites that were established specifically to serve migrant communities, homeless populations, residents of public housing, LGBTQ communities, and individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Several hold both an Article 28 and an Article 31 license and provide comprehensive primary and behavioral health services. Also, health centers have always opened their doors to those living with addiction and substance use issues.