Though CBHOs, CHCs, and hospitals are different, the various models share a few common concepts such as organizing for the purpose of rebuilding social capital and social cohesion and strengthening civil society; organizing for community health education based on the principles of participation, and organizing as a process of community empowerment and leadership development that ultimately leads to community change.

What is the single most distinguishing or differentiating characteristic of the CBHO that shapes or determines what types of health services and programs are going delivered within a local community or service area? 

What theory first adopted by the federal government, and later by the local state and city governments led to community-based responsibility for funding health services and improving health status of residents?