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 (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

Key Updates from the Health Center COVID-19 Survey (Week #20): Community Health Centers Tested a Quarter of a Million Patients for COVID-19

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

Key Updates from the Health Center COVID-19 Survey (Week #19): Average Turn-Around Times for COVID-19 Viral Test Results and Capacity Measures Reported by Community Health Centers Improved this Week, but Remain Substantial

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

Key Updates from the Health Center COVID-19 Survey (Week #17): The Number of COVID-19 Viral Tests Conducted by Community Health Centers Dropped by Nearly 26,000 This Week, as Two in Three Health Centers Reported Long Waits for Test Results

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