Community Health Centers’ Pandemic Experiences by State Medicaid Expansion Status: Reported Differences in COVID-19 Vaccination Rates and Weekly Visit Declines

By Rebecca Morris, Finn Dobkin, Jessica Sharac, Feygele Jacobs, Peter Shin

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.

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.

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