Community Health Centers on the Frontlines of COVID-19

Since the pandemic struck, Community Health Centers in rural and urban areas across the nation have massively pivoted to fight the virus and protect communities. They expanded telehealth and launched drive-through and curbside testing sites, delivering 160,000 COVID tests per week.

NACHC is providing up-to-date information and resources for health centers fighting COVID-19. Learn more here.

NACHC is tracking the most recent data from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) on health centers’ ongoing responses to COVID-19, including their experiences with testing, site closures, operations, PPE supply and much more. See the data here.

Health Center Stories

PBS NewsHour: How laid-off Americans may ‘fall through the cracks’ of the health care system during COVID-19

The Washington Post: Here’s a Simple Way for Congress to Fight Coronavirus: Fund Community Health Centers

The New York Times: Just When They Are Needed Most Clinics Face Cutbacks

USA Today: The Poorest Will Suffer

The New York Times:  A Shadow Safety Net Pushed to the Limit

U.S. News & World Report: Can Community Health Centers Survive the Coronavirus Fight?

Wall Street Journal: Sick with the Coronavirus an Ohio Doctor Soldiers On

National Public Radio: Community Health Centers Struggling as Fewer Seek Care During Pandemic

C-SPAN Washington Journal: Ronald Yee, MD, Discusses the Coronavirus

Yahoo Finance: Community Health Centers Struggle to Survive the Pandemic

CBS: Health  Centers Struggle with Lack of Supplies

Trade Offs Podcast: Primary Care in Crisis

Morning Consult: Cash-Strapped Community Health Centers Fear Impending Funding Will Fall Short

Health Affairs: Keeping Community Health Centers Strong During Pandemic is Essential to Public Health

NPR, “Here and Now,” Community Health Centers Fight the Coronavirus

NBC: They Are Treating Uninsured Americans But as Coronavirus Ramps Up, Money Runs Out

Press Releases

NACHC Joins Coalition Representing States, Territories, Counties, Cities and Towns to Boost Federal Match for Medicaid During Pandemic (July 14, 2020)

Community Health Centers Left Out of Provider Relief Fund Payments for Safety Net Providers (June 16, 2020)

Community Health Centers Lead in Telehealth Adoption During Pandemic (June 5, 2020)

NACHC Joins Forces with Medicaid Provider Groups to Urge HHS for Immediate Financial Relief Amid COVID Pandemic (May 11, 2020)

Community Health Centers in Rural Areas Will Receive Support to Help Combat COVID-19 (May 4, 2020)

Federal Funds May Not Reach Medically Underserved Affected by COVID-19 (April 23, 2020)

Community Health Centers Rapidly Ramping Up COVID-19 Testing Amid Ongoing Challenges (April 20, 2020)

Community Health Centers Fight for Survival in COVID-19 Pandemic (April 7, 2020)

Additional Funding Urgently Needed from Congress to Protect Safety Net (March 27, 2020)

Senate Draft Fails to Deliver for Community Health Centers Fighting COVID-19 (March 20, 2020)

Congress Passes Funding for Community Health Centers to Fight Coronavirus (March 5, 2020)

Community Health Centers Respond to COVID-19 (March 3, 2020)