On January 19, 2021, the U.S. COVID-19 death toll reached 400,000 deaths. Data reported that week from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA’s) weekly Health Center COVID-19 Survey indicate that 269,593 community health center patients were tested for the COVID-19 virus the week of January 15th, 2021, down by more than 56,000 from the 325,986 reported for the week of January 8th. Similarly, the number of health center patients with confirmed infection (39,221) this week was substantially lower than its peak recorded level (55,163) as of January 8th.
Advancing and Promoting Community Health: Opportunities for Accountable Communities for Health and Community Health Centers
Accountable Communities for Health (ACHs) are multi-sector, community-based partnerships that aim to address community health and social needs, and Community Health Centers (CHCs) provide important community-based healthcare services for underserved and medically vulnerable populations. Given the critical role that both ACHs and CHCs play in addressing health-related social needs and social determinants of health, a survey of ACHs on CHC engagement was conducted to better understand opportunities and challenges for CHC participation in ACHs.
How the COVID-19 Pandemic Has Intensified the Impact of the Public Charge Rule on Community Health Centers, their Patients, and their Communities
Community health centers operate in the poorest urban and rural communities that experience elevated health risks as well as a serious shortage of primary health care. Immigrants are disproportionately likely to be poor, and therefore experience a greater need for publicly supported health services. Community health centers serve large numbers of immigrants, not only because of their location but also because of the extent to which health centers have adapted their care and services to meet immigrants’ unique language, cultural, and health needs.
Key Updates from the Health Center COVID-19 Survey (Week #36): The Status of Community Health Centers in the Midst of the Worst Phase of the COVID-19 Pandemic
As the nation endures the worst phase of the COVID-19 pandemic to date, data from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA’s) weekly Health Center COVID-19 Survey indicate that the number of patients tested for the COVID-19 virus this week (335,139) reached the highest level reported over eight months. Similarly, the number of health center patients with confirmed infection (51,637) was at its second-highest recorded level and staff members who tested positive for the virus (2,076) was at its peak recorded level.