Community health centers have long played a critical role in promoting community-wide health and reducing health disparities, serving communities with high concentrations of poverty, racial and ethnic minority populations, elevated risk of poor health, few health care and social service resources, and limited access to affordable insurance coverage. Using recent  data from HRSA, this data note focuses on  the early impact of COVID-19 on  health centers across the  country, explores the importance of health centers in serving the low-income and racial/ethnic minority patients populations disproportionately affected by COVID-19 cases, and highlights the need for  greater federal investment to strengthen and expand health center capacity in underserved communities. The data note was produced by the Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative.

Download the data note here.