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 #29) Community Health Center Telehealth Utilization in Rural and Urban States During the COVID-19 Pandemic
With routine operations disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, many community health centers rapidly pivoted to providing telehealth or virtual visits.
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.
Key Updates from the Health Center COVID-19 Survey (Update #8): Nearly 2,000 Sites Are Temporarily Closed, Testing Has Dropped, Telehealth Use Has Declined, and Revenue Losses are Estimated in the Billions
As the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA’s) weekly reports on community health centers’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic reaches its eighth week, certain trends and areas of concern have emerged. Drawing any definitive conclusions is difficult, since the data are not longitudinal, tracking changes experienced by a defined group of reporting health centers over time. Instead, the information provided by HRSA is cross-sectional – that is, each week, different health centers may be reporting.
Key Updates from the Health Center COVID-19 Survey (Update #5): COVID-19 Positive Cases Climb as Health Center Testing Capacity Increases
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) released its fifth weekly summary of COVID-19 survey data on May 6th, 2020. This weekly update is drawn from information provided by responding federally-funded community health centers on May 1st, 2020. This data note summarizes key findings based on 966 health center responses (70 percent response rate).
The data note is available here.