Community Health Center Accomplishments and Challenges, One Year in to the COVID-19 Pandemic

This brief reports the trends on key elements from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA’s) Health Center COVID-19 Survey over the past year, and highlights health centers’ accomplishments in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the challenges that they face as the pandemic continues and the nation prepares to recover.

The full brief is available here.

Key Updates from the Health Center COVID-19 Survey (Week #49): The Pace of COVID-19 Vaccine Administration is Rapidly Increasing at Community Health Centers

During the week of March 11th, 2021, a year after the COVID-19 pandemic was declared, data reported from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA’s) weekly Health Center COVID-19 Survey indicate that the number of community health center patients tested for the COVID-19 virus the week of March 5th, 2021 (131,529) was down by about 210,000 from its peak of 341,149 in December 2020. Similarly, the number of health center patients with confirmed infection (10,311) that week was nearly 45,000 less than its peak recorded level (55,163) as of January 8th.

Community Health Centers Move to Frontline Providers of COVID-19 Immunization Services Under President Biden’s Health Center COVID-19 Vaccine Program

This Data Note describes a new initiative by the Biden Administration to allocate COVID-19 vaccine supplies directly to community health centers. It also presents updated information on the number of community health center staff members and patients who have received COVID-19 vaccine doses. This information is drawn from five weeks of data reported from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Health Center COVID-19 Survey.

Key Updates from the Health Center COVID-19 Survey (Week #42): Over a Quarter of a Million Community Health Center Staff Members and Patients Have Received a COVID-19 Vaccine

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.

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.