Author: Amy Simmons Farber

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A Health Center Fights Two Pandemics

Even before COVID-19 arrived on America’s doorstep we were battling another health crisis — opioid use disorder. Nearly 90 percent of Community Health Centers offered behavioral health services onsite, including opioid treatment services before the massive pivot to address the pandemic began. And the grim news is that COVID may have worsened the problem of …

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COVID-19 Is Not Going Away

The consensus building among health experts is that we’re going to be in pandemic mode for the foreseeable future. On Capitol Hill, top disease expert and White House advisor Anthony Fauci today told lawmakers on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee that daily new cases could surpass 100,000 new infections per day if …

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We Get By With A Little Help From Our Friends

Community Health Centers are a proven model of resilience in public health crises. They have battled H1N1, HIV-AIDS and even man-made disasters like the opioid addiction crisis. COVID-19 has been a challenge like no other. Early on in the global pandemic health centers were fighting the spread of the deadly virus with a dwindling arsenal …

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Notes from the Hot Zone: Health Centers Launch Testing Sites at Food Processing Plants

Here’s what’s remarkable: 60 percent of Community Health Centers nationwide have drive-through or walk-up testing for COVID-19, according to a new NACHC infographic. This massive pivot to address an unprecedented pandemic has happened in a matter of weeks, a testament to the nimble powers and innovation of health centers. They can sense a need and …

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Ohio Health Center Doctor Sick With COVID-19 Soldiers On

“You still just go on,” she said, “because patients need you,” Dr. Mary Krebs tells Wall Street Journal reporter Jennifer Levitz in an article published today. Dr. Krebs is a family physician at HealthSource of Ohio, one of Ohio’s 56 Community Health Center organizations. Ohio’s Health Centers span about 400 sites and are part of a …

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In These Extraordinary Times

In these extraordinary times, we are all on the frontlines of COVID-19, struggling to be our best selves while scared and worried about the future. That’s what makes the stories of innovation and courage among Community Health Centers so remarkable. They choose the mission. They choose to step into the arena of a global pandemic …

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We Are The Shock Absorbers in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Our world is a different place now. The COVID-19 pandemic is shutting down normal life as we knew it and Community Health Centers turn their attention to the business of saving lives. We know that everyday heroics won’t be enough. Even so, we acknowledge their courage on the front lines, the difficult choices they are …

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Making the Case for Primary Care Access:”What We Lack is a Strong Signal from Congress”

Greg Nycz, Executive Director of Family Health Center of Marshfield, has devoted his nearly 50-year career to ensuring that people in Wisconsin have access to decent health care,  especially vulnerable rural populations who, by his own description, will face growing barriers to accessing the health services they need for optimal health.  This week he was …

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Update on Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19

(Updated March 1, 2020) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is aggressively responding to the global outbreak of the novel corona virus, also known as COVID-19, which has been detected in 60 locations internationally, including the United States. NACHC hosting a webinar, “Prepare Not Panic: COVID-19 CDC Update and the Health Center Response”   …