BPHC Bulletin: HHS Awards Funding to Expand COVID-19 Testing; New COVID-19 FAQs

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  • HHS Awards More Than $21 Million to Support Health Centers’ COVID-19 Response
    Today, HHS awarded more than $21 million to support health centers’ COVID-19 response efforts. The majority of this investment—$17 million—supports 78 Health Center Program look-alikes (LALs) with funding to expand capacity for COVID-19 testing.

    With this funding, LALs will expand the range of testing and testing-related activities to best address the needs of their communities, including the purchase of personal protective equipment; training for staff; outreach, procurement, and administration of tests; laboratory services; notifying identified contacts of infected health center patients of their exposure to COVID-19; and the expansion of walk-up or drive-up testing capabilities.

    HRSA also awarded over $4.5 million to support the COVID-19 response of Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCNs). HCCNs support health centers to improve quality of care and patient safety by using health information technology to reduce costs and improve care coordination. The funding will strengthen health IT support necessary for participating health centers to effectively prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19.

    HRSA’s Bureau of Primary Health Care and Office of Federal Assistance Management will host a Fiscal and Grants Management Orientation webinar for recipients of the Look-Alikes: Expanding Capacity for Coronavirus Testing (LAL ECT) funding. The webinar will highlight key fiscal and grants management requirements with strategies to ensure compliance and properly manage the LAL ECT award. 

LAL ECT Fiscal and Grants Management Webinar
Wednesday, July 15
2:30-4:00 p.m. ET
Join the webinar the day of the session
Call-in: 888-566-7701
Passcode: 9747226
Submit questions ahead of time to OFAMFTA@hrsa.gov.
Visit the LAL ECT technical assistance page to access resources for award recipients.

  • Frequently Asked Questions
    We recently added these new questions to our COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) webpage:

    Is the COVID-19 public health emergency still in effect? Where can the latest status be found?

    Can health centers limit the availability of COVID-19 testing to individuals who are established health center patients?

    How can a health center determine if locations that conduct only COVID-19 testing are considered to be service sites (Form 5B) or are considered to be “Other Activities/Locations” (Form 5C)?

    We also added a new question to the coronavirus-related funding FAQ webpage:

    What guidance is available for health centers to submit progress reports for coronavirus-related funding awards?

    There are additional resources and links on our COVID-19 Information for Health Centers and Partners webpage. We’ve also consolidated existing information about scope of project as it relates to the COVID-19 public health emergency onto a single webpage. It does not include any new guidance. Instead, it provides a single place for resources about scope of project and COVID-19.

Upcoming Events

  • Testing for COVID-19 in Homeless Shelters & Encampments: Discussing CDC’s New Health Department Guidance & the National Health Care for the Homeless Council’s Newest Issue Brief
    Hosted by the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, a HRSA-funded NTTAP
    Friday, July 10
    1:00-2:00 p.m. ET
    Register here

  • Today with Macrae: Health Center Program Updates
    Tuesday, July 14
    2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
    Join the webinar the day of the session*
    Call-in: 888-769-8928
    Passcode: 4087843
    *NOTE: This link will be accessible only to the first 1,500 participants. If you cannot log in for the visual portion, please still call in!

Visit our Technical Assistance Calendar for other upcoming sessions related to COVID-19 and other important topics.


If you have questions about the Health Center Program and COVID-19, please contact Health Center Program Support online. Select “Coronavirus Inquiries (COVID-19)” as the issue type—the third option on the “Health Center or EHBs Question” screen.

You can also call Health Center Program Support at 877-464-4772, option 2, 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET, Monday-Friday (except federal holidays).