What Can We Learn from Telehealth Experience of Community Health Centers During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Telehealth has grown from a promising innovation to become essential during the COVID-19 pandemic. Community health centers’ ability to put telehealth to use can provide important insight into how well the modalities can be adapted to comprehensive primary health care for medically underserved populations. These centers face challenges with receiving payment for virtual telehealth visits, the cost of telehealth technology, and ensuring an adequate telehealth workforce.

Key Updates from the Health Center COVID-19 Survey (Week 4): Two in Three Patients Who Tested Positive for COVID-19 Were Racial/Ethnic Minorities

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) released its 4th weekly summary of COVID-19 survey data on May 1st, 2020. This weekly summary is drawn from information provided by responding federally-funded community health centers on April 24, 2020. This data note summarizes key findings based on 1,038 health center responses (75 percent response rate).

The Week 4 Summary can be found here.

Weeks 2 and 3 are available at the links below:

Key Updates from the Health Center COVID-19 Survey: Week 3

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) released its third weekly summary of COVID-19 survey data on April 24, 2020. This weekly summary is drawn from information provided by responding health centers on April 17, 2020. This data note produced by the Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative summarizes key findings based on 1,032 health center responses (78 percent response rate).

How Do The Coronavirus Laws Enacted By Congress to Date Address Access to Care for Medically Underserved Communities and Populations?

In recent days, multiple stories about COVID-19’s disproportionate impact on African Americans have emerged, and from these stories, it is becoming increasingly clear that the nation’s medically underserved communities and populations are at the highest risk for coronavirus and its worst effects. 

Greater Investment in Community Health Centers Needed to Narrow Disparities in Health and COVID-19 Outcomes

The increasing number of reports on the racial and ethnic disparity in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, particularly for African Americans, highlights the need not only for greater testing but also for greater federal investment to strengthen and expand essential health care provider capacity in medically underserved communities.