BPHC Bulletin: Health Center Program COVID-19 Update 3-18-2020

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Health centers are well-positioned to play an important role in delivering critical services and assisting local communities during the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). We appreciate all you are doing to address the outbreak, particularly among the nation’s most vulnerable individuals and families.

We will send additional bulletins regularly as we have new information available.

Latest News

We continually update our Health Center Program COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) webpage. Yesterday, we added these FAQs:

  • What are health centers required to do to ensure their preparedness for a disease outbreak such as COVID-19?
  • Will BPHC conduct scheduled Operational Site Visits or other site visits?
  • In event that providers or patients cannot present at, or work from, a health center site, can health centers use telehealth to provide services to a patient at a location that is not an in-scope service site? Can this also occur if the health center provider and patient are at their homes? 
  • Can health centers reduce the delivery of some required or additional services (e.g., dental services, physical therapy)?
  • Can health centers conduct screenings or triage of patients outside of their service sites?
  • Which health centers would be considered eligible to add temporary sites based on the COVID-19 public health emergency?
  • When do I need to submit a Change in Scope request to add a temporary site due to an emergency?

Upcoming Events

Here are some opportunities to get the important information you need on COVID-19.

  • The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), a HRSA-funded National Cooperative Agreement (NCA), will hold a hold a virtual event including speakers from CDC.

    TOMORROW (Thursday, March 19)
    1:00-2:00 p.m. ET
    Please visit NACHC’s website to join this virtual event—they expect to update it with more information later today.

  • The National Health Care for the Homeless Council, a HRSA-funded NCA, presents:

    Coronavirus and the HCH Community: Status Updates, Available Guidance, Local Preparations, and Outstanding Issues
    Friday, March 20
    12:30-2:00 p.m. ET
    Learn more or join the session

  • Today with Macrae: Health Center Program Updates
    Tuesday, March 24
    2:00-3:30 p.m. ET
    Access details coming soon.


If you have questions about the Health Center Program and COVID-19, please contact Health Center Program Support online or at 877-464-4772, 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET, Monday-Friday (except federal holidays). If you use the online form, select “Coronavirus Inquiries (COVID-19)” as the issue type.