Community Health Centers
Community Health Centers’ Journey Through the Pandemic
Health Care Costs
This collection highlights the financial challenges faced by California's Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how they adapted to keep serving patients. It also highlights policy changes that are needed to stabilize FQHCs so they can continue to play their vital role in providing care to Californians with low incomes.
Clinics Respond to Anti-Asian Hate with Many Kinds of Support
May 13, 2021
Xenia Shih Bion
Health Equity, Behavioral Health
Health centers serve as care providers, social services connectors, and community advocates, and they stepped up to help patients navigate the tribulations of the COVID-19 era.
The Importance of Health Care Phone Visits
Phone visits have quickly become a popular way to access care that is especially appealing to Californians with low incomes and Californians of color — populations whose access to care consistently lags. With Governor Gavin Newsom making health equity a priority, it would be a setback if the state took away this important care option for Medi-Cal enrollees.
Ending Phone Visits Would Be a Setback for Patients with Low Incomes
April 30, 2021
Telehealth, Health Equity
The director of CHCF's Improving Access team says we should build on what is working well to improve access to care, especially for those whose needs have historically not been well served by the health care system.
The Pandemic’s Financial Impact on California’s Community Health Centers: Largest Centers Suffer Significant Losses
Whether measured by revenue size, number of patients, or number of sites, the largest health centers bore the brunt of the financial losses experienced across California's health centers between April and December 2020.
Mergers and Acquisitions: A Practical Guide for Community Health Centers
Greg Facktor & Associates, Regina Boyle, Curt Degenfelder
Many Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) are exploring acquisitions and mergers as a means of ensuring sustainability, expanding services, and maintaining patient access to basic health care services in underserved areas. CHCF has created this manual to provide support and guidance for FQHCs contemplating a consolidation with another provider entity.
CIN Resource Page: Addressing Social Needs That Impact Health
This California Improvement Network resource page focuses on tools and strategies for improving health outcomes by addressing patients’ social needs, including how to prioritize social needs strategies, supporting staff in effectively addressing social needs, and building partnerships with community-based organizations.
Video: How Health Center Patients Benefit Under Patient-Centered Payment
Payment & Financing, Medi-Cal
This short animated video explains how old payment rules are hurting three fictional health center patients, Veronica, Michael, and Janelle, and how each would benefit under the switch to patient-centered payment.
Care in the COVID-19 Era: An Analysis of California Community Clinics
Telehealth, Behavioral Health
The COVID-19 pandemic is having unprecedented effects on California’s health care delivery system. OCHIN is a nonprofit information technology and research organization that includes 29 health care organizations in California. This issue brief uses OCHIN's unique data sources to show how the pandemic is impacting health and the health care system in the state.
June 26, 2020
Webinar — Challenges and Opportunities for Community Health Centers During the COVID-19 Pandemic
June 26, 2020
CHCF hosted a webinar on June 26 to hear three community health center leaders discuss challenges and opportunities for their organizations and patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Time to Modernize Payment to Health Centers
Medi-Cal, Payment & Financing
This issue brief outlines why these old payment rules are hurting patients during the COVID-19 crisis, and how transitioning to a new way of paying for care, called patient-centered payment, will allow health centers to better serve patients going forward.
Infographic — Old Payment Rules Are Hurting Health Center Patients During the COVID-19 Crisis
Payment & Financing, Medi-Cal
Old payment rules are hindering the ability of FQHCs and FQHC Look-Alikes (health centers) to care for their approximately four million Medi-Cal patients, especially during the COVID-19 crisis. This infographic shows what kind of care is possible for patients under traditional versus patient-centered payment.