Federally Qualified Health Centers
Advancing Behavioral Health Outcomes in Primary Care
The Advancing Behavioral Health Outcomes in Primary Care project is a learning collaborative of 14 CHCs with the goal of improving behavioral health outcomes, especially among Black, Latino/x, Indigenous, Asian Pacific Islander, LGBTQA, and non-English-speaking patients.
June 28, 2022
Webinar — Improving Care for California’s Older Adults
Older Adults with Complex Needs
June 28, 2022
California’s community health centers and public hospital systems are increasingly caring for an aging and more complex patient population. During this webinar, the author of a new report shared key findings, and a panel discussion explored why and how safety-net providers can expand services for older adults with low incomes.
Medi-Cal Explained: What Are Alternative Payment Models?
Athena Chapman, Samantha Pellón
This issue brief explores how Medi-Cal has been developing alternative payment models to align with federal initiatives and state financial and policy goals. It looks at the benefits of these models and barriers to their adoption.
Two Reports Detail Health Centers’ Implementation of Telehealth Visits for Underserved Patients During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The emergence of COVID-19 prompted a dramatic increase in telehealth services among health care providers seeking to offer continuity of care for patients. The rapid change prompted CHCF to sponsor two studies to determine the capacity of health centers to implement virtual care and to examine the experiences of health care staff in delivering care.
AltaMed Asks Unvaccinated Latinx Californians: “Come On! What Are You Waiting For?”
February 7, 2022
The nation’s largest independent federally qualified health center has partnered with other organizations to provide tens of thousands of COVID-19 shots as part of a comprehensive public education campaign.
Supporting Statewide Expansion of Medical Respite in California
Homelessness & Health Care
Medical respite care is offered in a variety of settings, with service models, staffing, funding, and length of stay tailored to local needs and assets. This two-year project provides funding for the National Institute for Medical Respite Care to promote standards and best practices in California, through trainings, tools, technical assistance, and advocacy recommendations.
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.
The Changing Landscape of California’s Federally Qualified Health Centers
Blue Sky Consulting Group
This paper is one of two cross-site analyses drawn on insights from the seven publications in the 2020 Regional Market Report series. In the post-ACA period, FQHCs have added patients and clinic sites at a rapid pace, and many health centers have increased offerings of specialty services and of care for elderly patients. This paper examines the changing FQHC landscape, focusing on emerging trends and regional differences in FQHCs across the state.
Risky Business: California Health Centers Weakened by the COVID-19 Pandemic Prepare for the Future
Carol Backstrom, Lauren Block, Allison Coleman
California's Federally Qualified Health Centers experienced many financial challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This report summarizes policy options that have the potential to improve FQHC stability, address health equity, and ensure access to a broader range of services in the long term.
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.