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.
Key Updates from the Health Center COVID-19 Survey (Week #11): Reported Site Closures and Visit Declines Have Lessened, but Remain Substantial
By Jessica Sharac, Rebecca Morris, James Hernandez, Maria Velasquez, Peter Shin, Sara Rosenbaum, Feygele Jacobs
Key Updates from the Health Center COVID-19 Survey (Week #10): Two-Thirds of Health Center Patients with Laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 are Racial/Ethnic Minorities
As more than half of all states reported an increase in their seven-day COVID-19 case averages, the latest Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA’s) weekly COVID-19 survey summary continues to show that the rate of positive health center COVID-19 tests (14.8 percent) is more than twice as high as the national rate. The data also show that high numbers of health center sites remain closed (1,762), resulting in reduced access to health center services even as states reopen and patients resume seeking care.
Key Updates from the Health Center COVID-19 Survey (Week #9): The Percentage of Health Center Patients Who Tested Positive for COVID-19—At Least Half of Whom Were Racial/Ethnic Minorities—Is Nearly Three Times the National Percentage
As states reopen and plan for an increase in pent-up demand for health care services, the latest Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA’s) weekly COVID-19 survey summary continues to show a significant loss of community health center access points. Based on an approximate number of 12,000 health center sites, the 1,782 sites reported closed in week nine of the survey represent a loss of one in seven sites or 15 percent of capacity overall.
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.