“CHCs have been critical to the U.S. response to Covid. They were already caring for the black and brown communities that have been most affected by the pandemic,” write authors Sanjay Kishore, M.D., and Margaret Hayden, M.D., in a Perspective column for the New England Journal of Medicine. “Now, more than 90% of them are also Covid testing sites, more than half the people they test are people of color, and the test-positive ratio in CHCs is more than double the national average. Given the disastrous delays in testing and tracing in the United States, CHCs are providing life-saving surveillance and mitigating the profound inequalities of our Covid response… We believe health care and public health professionals should call on Congress to rescue our health centers and lay the foundation for a health system that works for everyone.”
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