Will Community Health Centers Survive COVID-19

Authors: Brad Wright, PhD | Erin Fraher, PhD, MPP | Marni Gywther Holder, MSN | Jill Akiyama, MSPH

Topics: Community Health Centers, COVID-19, Rural Health

Research Center: Carolina Health Workforce Research Center

May 10, 2021

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.

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