BPHC Bulletin: Hurricane Florence

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Primary Care Associations Asked to Gather Reports from Health Centers 

During an emergency, health centers and Primary Care Associations (PCAs) play an important role in delivering critical services and assisting with the local community and state response. PCAs serve as essential statewide coordinators of information, data, and resources in support of health centers during response and recovery efforts.

For the 2018 hurricane season, HRSA has asked PCAs to take the lead in gathering critical health center information and reporting impact data back to us on the operational status of delivery sites. For health centers in the potential impact areas (i.e., North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia), we ask that you report site level operational status to your PCA as soon as you are able. Additional states may be added as conditions change with Hurricane Florence.  

In the past, HRSA Project Officers have directly contacted health centers to collect operational status information in the wake of an emergency. We believe this streamlined and coordinated approach — working with the PCAs — will enable PCAs to better support state- and local-level community response activities while reducing the reporting burden for affected grantees. Project Officers continue to be available if you have specific questions regarding your grant or scope of project.

Please also visit the Health Center Program disaster relief page for important guidance documents and resources to help health centers impacted by hurricanes, including information on change in scope for temporary sites, 340B Program enrollment under emergency declarations, and FTCA coverage in emergency events, including volunteer health professionals.