Topics: Community Health Centers, COVID-19, Rural Health
Research Center: Carolina Health Workforce Research Center
Community Health Centers (CHCs) are critical to our nation's ability to respond to COVID‐19 in rural and underserved communities. Rural residents are at increased risk of poor outcomes due to age and health status, and there are substantially fewer healthcare resources available in rural areas, meaning that once the virus becomes more widespread in these communities, the results could be disastrous.
This commentary examines the real threat COVID-19 poses to CHCs and the current efforts being made to save them.