The Role of CHCs as Public Health Emergency First Responders: One Year into the COVID-19 Pandemic

Please join us for a special live webinar program on Tuesday, April 27 from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. EDT, titled The Role of Community Health Centers as Public Health Emergency First Responders: One Year into the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The nation’s community health centers have long played a crucial role as public health first responders, but never have they been asked to serve on such a large scale. One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, this webinar will address how the COVID-19 emergency has affected community health centers and explore the crucial role played by health centers in achieving the goal of health equity in emergency response – a role so central, that the Biden administration immediately identified community health centers as essential to its sweeping American Rescue Plan (ARP). Presenters will discuss what the data tell us about the impact of the pandemic on community health center operations, staffing and finances, and the indispensable role of community health centers in the hardest-hit and most at-risk communities in providing COVID-19 testing, treatment, and vaccinations. Presenters also will discuss the ARP’s investment in both people and the health care safety net, along with the implications for health centers as full-scale implementation moves forward.

This webcast will feature policy experts Sara Rosenbaum, Peter Shin and Jessica Sharac from the Geiger Gibson Program in Community Health Policy, Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University.

To Register: Go to the webinar registration page on our partner site at Clinical Directors Network, or via

CE credit is available. Note that the webinar, which is free of charge, will be recorded and archived so that you may listen to it at a later date if you are unable to participate.

As always, our objective is to advance the dialogue on the critical importance of community health centers in a changing healthcare landscape, and to support CHC-related research and programming. We anticipate having ample time for discussion and look forward to your comments, questions and observations. We hope that you will find this presentation enlightening and useful, and look forward to your participation and comments.