Months into the COVID-19 Pandemic, Community Health Centers Report Signs of Improvement, But Face Financial Uncertainty

This policy brief reports on the COVID-19 experience of the nation’s community health centers over a six-month period, utilizing data from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA’s) weekly Health Center COVID-19 Survey from April 3rd, 2020 to October 2nd, 2020. The data demonstrate that community health centers were immediately responsive to the public health crisis, initiating diagnostic testing for the COVID-19 virus, and adapting care such as telehealth to address patient needs.

COVID-19’s Impact on CHCs: Infographic

The COVID-19 pandemic led to the temporary closure of more than 2,000 Community Health Center (CHC) sites in April. While CHCs rallied to provide testing and essential care, and have worked hard to reopen, the pandemic has put CHCs at risk, threatening access to care.

See the latest infographic from the Geiger Gibson Program and RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative here.

Community Health Centers on the Eve of the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Overview of Findings from the 2019 Uniform Data System

By Jessica Sharac, Peter Shin, Sara Rosenbaum

Key Updates from the Health Center COVID-19 Survey (Week #21): Community Health Centers Reported Improved Turn-Around Times for COVID-19 Viral Test Results as They Conducted Nearly 218,000 Tests

By Jessica Sharac, James Hernandez, Maria Velasquez, Peter Shin, Feygele Jacobs