Collapse of Health Care: The Effects of COVID-19 on U.S. Community Health Centers   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Document: "According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), community health centers are 'community-based and patient-directed organizations that serve populations with limited access to healthcare.' Approximately 1,400 federally-funded community healthcare clinics serve roughly 28 million Americans, who are primarily low-income individuals (91%), people of color (63%), and uninsured individuals. They are located in areas with a high demand for accessible, affordable healthcare, and address a wide range of needs including primary care, chronic disease, behavioral health, and substance use treatment. Community health centers often provide access to housing and food related support, services for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex and Asexuality (LGBTQIA+) patients and family members, and treatment for physical and mental illness. Many locations also provide physical, occupational, and speech therapy. Because of the populations they serve and the resources they provide, community health centers are considered safety net providers."

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Lerner Center Issue Brief No. 38
Syracuse University. Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion
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Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion: https://lernercenter.syr.edu/
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