The impact of COVID-19 on communities served by health centers has been profound, and this is acutely the case for homeless populations, residents of public housing, and migrant and seasonal farmworkers. These “special populations” – as defined in the 330 Statute – are served specifically, and in some cases solely, by community health centers. Each of these populations faces unique challenges in accessing testing, treatment, vaccines, and care during COVID-19.
This session will showcase National Training and Technical Assistance Partners (NTTAPS) focused on homeless populations, farmworkers, and residents of public housing. Taking the form of a moderated panel, NTTAPs will highlight how health centers serving special populations approached COVID-testing, continue to provide access to care (whether through telehealth or in-person visits), and are rolling out vaccinations. NTTAPs will also highlight the unique, strategic decisions special population health centers have to make and consider – whether financial, operational, or clinical – when responding to COVID-19.
Highlight challenges in responding to COVID-19 in "special populations" that historically experience heightened health inequities and barriers to care.
Provide successful examples of providing COVID testing, COVID vaccinations, and maintaining access to care for special populations served by health centers.
Describe financial and policy levers that facilitate health centers in responding to the needs of special populations during COVID.
MPH, PhD candidate,
Manager, Evaluation and the National Ag Worker Health Program,
National Center for Farmworker Health, Inc.
National Center for Health in Public Housing
Senior Director, Policy,
National Health Care for the Homeless Council, Inc.
Director, Health Center Performance and Innovation,
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