FQHCs Are on the Frontlines of the COVID-19 Battle
Because these clinics care primarily for underserved communities, they often find themselves at the forefront of this country’s emerging public health emergencies. For example, over the last few years, FQHCs have been heavily involved in combating the opioid epidemic. In 2018 alone, these clinics identified 1.1 million people for substance abuse disorders and provided treatment for 95,000 opioid addicts. More recently, FQHCs have mobilized to care for patients impacted by the spread of COVID-19. This particular crisis stands to impact FQHCs in unprecedented ways.