The Expanded Role of FQHCs During the Pandemic Highlighted

The ways Community Health Centers are serving low-income communities during the COVID-19 pandemic are highlighted by the Kaiser Family Foundation in a new issue brief. Community health centers have seen a rise in patients seeking non-medical services such as housing, food, nutrition, and transportation during the pandemic and have added new mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) services in response to growing needs. More than half of the health centers that responded to the survey said that, amid the economic disruption of the pandemic, more patients are seeking social and supportive services that complement primary care.