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

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We appreciate all you are doing to address the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), 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.

In a bulletin yesterday, Health Center COVID-19 Information Collection, we shared the HHS announcement requesting that health centers report on COVID-19-related activities. As promised in that bulletin, we’ve added these and other related FAQs in the Information Collection section:  

  • What data reporting is HRSA requesting from health centers during the COVID-19 emergency response?
  • How will the information from the survey be used?
  • What if our health center has questions while completing the survey?

We also added these and other FAQs yesterday and today:

  • When and how will HRSA award the $100 million in COVID-19 funding provided through the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020?
  • Can health centers accelerate the drawdown of their grant funds as a needed response to the COVID-19 emergency?
  • What are HRSA’s expectations for health centers to address the increased demand for COVID-19 testing?
  • Can health centers conduct screening or triage of health center and non-health center patients outside of the health center’s service sites?
  • Can health centers provide in-scope services through telehealth to individuals who are not current health center patients?  
  • Additional FAQs address FTCA and Volunteer Health Providers.

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.

    Health Centers, Flattening the COVID-19 Curve
    (Thursday, March 19)
    1:00-2:00 p.m. ET
    Join the webinar

  • 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.