Free and Charitable Clinics throughout the U.S. are at the frontlines of community healthcare needs and concerns. As concerns over dealing with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) increase, the NAFC has compiled information and resources found below.
The NAFC will continue to monitor this pandemic situation and will be in regular contact with our members regarding any additional resources. NAFC Members – please be sure to check your emails, the NAFC member listserv and the Members Only Area for additional resources.
If you want to support the NAFC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Response, please click the button below:
For information, resources and updates on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19),
please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) webpage:
- Spread: For more information on how Coronavirus Disease 2019 spreads, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/transmission.html
- Prevention & Treatment: For information on prevention and treatment of this disease, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html
- FAQ's: For frequently asked questions and answers from the CDC on the Coronavirus Disease 2019, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html
NAFC NEWS & BLOG
National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics Announces Grant Funding Through Partner Direct Relief to Support Clinics on the Frontlines During COVID-19 Pandemic - NAFC Press Release - April 3, 2020 - https://www.nafcclinics.org/content/nafc-announces-grant-funding-through-partner-direct-relief
The poorest will suffer. Safety-net health clinics cut services amid coronavirus epidemic - USA TODAY - April 1, 2020 - https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2020/03/31/coronavirus-prompts-safety-net-health-clinic-cuts-targeting-poor/2925764001/
Simone Biles, Stephen Curry, other top sports figures join raffle for coronavirus relief - ESPN - March 31, 2020 - https://www.espn.com/espn/story/_/id/28972709/simone-biles-stephen-curry-other-top-sports-figures-join-auction-coronavirus-relief
Mobile Messaging Technology Helps Safety Net Providers with Emergency COVID-19 Patient & Staff Communication - CareMessage Press Release - March 30, 2020 - http://www.prweb.com/releases/mobile_messaging_technology_helps_safety_net_providers_with_emergency_covid_19_patient_staff_communication/prweb17012827.htm#!
$1 Million in First Round Grants from CDP COVID-19 Response Fund - Center for Disaster Philanthropy Blog - March 25, 2020 - https://disasterphilanthropy.org/blog/diseases/1-million-in-first-round-grants-from-cdp-covid-19-response-fund/
Protective Gear Bound for Approximately 1,000 U.S. Health Centers and Clinics Fighting Covid-19 - Direct Relief - March 18, 2020 - https://www.directrelief.org/2020/03/protective-gear-bound-for-approximately-1000-u-s-health-centers-and-clinics-fighting-covid-19/
NAFC BLOG - March 12, 2020 - Coronavirus – A Perfect Storm for the Medically Underserved: https://www.nafcclinics.org/content/coronavirus-–-perfect-storm-medically-underserved
NAFC BLOG – March 2, 2020 - Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – Resources for General Information, Preparedness and Prevention: https://www.nafcclinics.org/content/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-–-resources-general-information-preparedness-and
CLINICS IN THE NEWS
Houston’s charity clinics take a hit as donation revenue dries up in coronavirus age - Houston Chronicle - April 8, 2020 - https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/article/houston-charity-clinics-coronavirus-hit-revenue-15185707.php
Oasis clinic: pandemic could have disproportionate impact on those who can least afford it - Portland Press Herald - April 7, 2020 - https://www.pressherald.com/2020/04/07/oasis-clinic-pandemic-could-have-disproportionate-impact-on-those-who-can-least-afford-it/#
Chicago’s Community Health providing care, medicine for free - WGNTV - April 7, 2020 - https://wgntv.com/news/medical-watch/chicagos-community-health-providing-care-medicine-for-free/
Orlando clinic bracing for greater need for those who are uninsured - WESH2 - April 7, 2020 - https://www.wesh.com/article/orlando-clinic-bracing-for-greater-need-for-those-who-are-uninsured/32072562#
Bristol clinic continues to provide essential services but takes precautions in response to virus - Bristol Herald Courier - April 2, 2020 - https://www.heraldcourier.com/news/local/bristol-clinic-continues-to-provide-essential-services-but-takes-precautions-in-response-to-virus/article_fbc68d85-2051-5cd0-aa41-6508546ec8d7.html
Lowcountry Strong: Clinic providing medical care, food to people in need - Live 5 News WCSC - March 30, 2020 - https://www.live5news.com/2020/03/31/lowcountry-strong-clinic-providing-medical-care-food-people-need/
Crossroads Medical Mission continues care despite COVID-19 pandemic - News5 WCYB - March 27, 2020 - https://wcyb.com/news/local/crossroads-medical-mission-continues-care-despite-covid-19-pandemic
Chippewa Valley Free Clinic makes changes to follow Safer-at-Home order - News18 WQOW - March 27, 2020 - https://wqow.com/2020/03/27/chippewa-valley-free-clinic-makes-changes-to-follow-safer-at-home-order/
New Free Clinic director steps in, up during crisis - Culpeper Times - March 26, 2020 - https://www.insidenova.com/culpeper/new-free-clinic-director-steps-in-up-during-crisis/article_dacc2722-6f63-11ea-80d3-2f443ce504ce.html
More patients, less staff hurting free clinic - The Tribune-Democrat - March 26, 2020 - https://www.tribdem.com/coronavirus/more-patients-less-staff-hurting-free-clinic/article_45d00aae-6fc1-11ea-82dd-3bc060bc0562.html
Charlottesville Free Clinic continuing operations during COVID-19 crisis to keep non-emergency patients out of hospitals - Charlottesville Tomorrow - March 25, 2020 - https://www.cvilletomorrow.org/articles/charlottesville-free-clinic-continuing-operations-during-covid-19-crisis-to-keep-non-emergency-patients-out-of-hospitals/
Free clinics deal with volunteer shortage, canceled fundraisers as economic hardship looms - Richmond Times-Dispatch - March 21, 2020 - https://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/free-clinics-deal-with-volunteer-shortage-canceled-fundraisers-as-economic/article_9c6b9cb6-0766-5852-bf86-e4589e15ead4.html
Good News Clinics striving to maintain service, but call before you come - Gainesville Times - March 21, 2020 - https://www.gainesvilletimes.com/news/health-care/good-new-clinics-striving-maintain-service-call-you-come/
Free clinic’s drive-up service among local virus controls - The Tribune-Democrate - March 18, 2020 - https://www.tribdem.com/corona_virus/free-clinic-s-drive-up-service-among-local-virus-controls/article_2767f806-6990-11ea-9aca-03479ec0fc2a.html
Volunteers, Homelessness, Supply Shortages: Nonprofit Health Providers Confront the Coronavirus Pandemic - Direct Relief - March 12, 2020 - https://www.directrelief.org/2020/03/volunteers-homelessness-supply-shortages-health-centers-and-clinics-confront-the-coronavirus-pandemic
Uninsured Americans could be facing nearly $75,000 in medical bills if hospitalized for coronavirus - CNBC - April 1, 2020 - https://www.cnbc.com/2020/04/01/covid-19-hospital-bills-could-cost-uninsured-americans-up-to-75000.html
Uninsured on the front lines: America's working poor face a pandemic without any aid - NBC News - March 26, 2020 - https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/uninsured-front-lines-america-s-working-poor-face-pandemic-without-n1169026
Total Cost of Her COVID-19 Treatment: $34,927.43 - TIME - March 19, 2020 - https://time.com/5806312/coronavirus-treatment-cost/
Here's how the US health care system makes it harder to stop coronavirus – CNN – March 11, 2020 - https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/11/us/us-health-care-system-coronavirus/index.html
5 million Texans lack health insurance. Here's how that complicates the coronavirus response – The Texas Tribune – March 10, 2020 - https://www.texastribune.org/2020/03/10/coronavirus-texas-poses-challenges-people-without-insurance/
The coronavirus exposes our health care system’s weaknesses. We can be stronger – STAT – March 2, 2020 - https://www.statnews.com/2020/03/02/the-coronavirus-exposes-our-health-care-systems-weaknesses-we-can-be-stronger/?platform=hootsuite
Why Coronavirus Testing Should Be Free For All Americans – TIME – March 5, 2020 - https://time.com/5797295/coronavirus-testing-free-all-americans/?xid=tcoshare
COVID-19 & Nonprofit Response: Health, Fundraising, and Risk Assessment - The Non-Profit Times - Nonprofit leaders are scrambling to keep services operational, not just open, during this worldwide pandemic. The NonProfit Times has assembled health professionals, fundraising experts and risk management authorities to provide guidance during a one-hour webinar. This webinar features NAFC President & CEO Nicole Lamoureux and NAFC Board Member Dr. Bobby Kapur.
- Recording: https://www.gotostage.com/channel/276b18724f07411c9806e9dcae7fbfcd
- Slides: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1qUYzaeQpIkgwKICz1IaEEpYVIiz9FgZr
“Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Update—What Clinicians Need to Know to Prepare for COVID-19 in the United States” - During this COCA Call, clinicians will learn what they can do to prepare for COVID-19 including identifying persons under investigation, applying infection prevention and control measures, assessing risks for exposures, optimizing the use of personal protective equipment supplies, and managing and caring for patients (inpatient and at home).
- Steps Healthcare Facilities Can Take Now to Prepare for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/healthcare-facilities/steps-to-prepare.html
- Healthcare Supply of Personal Protective Equipment: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/healthcare-supply-ppe-index.html
- Information on People At Risk for Serious Illness from COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html
- Information for Healthcare Professionals: For information and guidance specifically tailored to health care professionals in clinical settings, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/index.html
- Healthcare Professionals: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/faq.html
- Interim Clinical Guidance for Management of Patients with Confirmed Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/clinical-guidance-management-patients.html
- Evaluating and Reporting Persons Under Investigation (PUI): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/hcp/clinical-criteria.html
- Resources for Healthcare Professionals Preparing for Patients with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/preparedness-checklists.html
- Information from NAFC Partner Henry Schein Medical on their Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update webpage that has a list of additional resources for healthcare professionals: http://www.henryschein.com/coronavirus
MAIL ORDER PHARMACY PARTNER - RXOUTREACH
Rx Outreach is the nation's largest, non-profit, fully licensed, mail order pharmacy and Patient Assistance Program (PAP). Missioned to provide affordable medication to the underserved, Rx Outreach partners with the NAFC and hundreds of clinics and organizations across the U.S. to provide a crucial health safety net for those who battle both illness and poverty. Rx Outreach offers more than 1,000 medication strengths at affordable, transparent prices as well as free home delivery. Rx Outreach serves people regardless of their citizenship status or whether they are insured, uninsured, or under-insured.
For more information about Rx Outreach, visit www.rxoutreach.org.
Resources for Dealing with Stress and Anxiety
- In this time of stress, anxiety and fear, the Headspace app is offering a collection of meditation and mindfulness content for healthcare providers, workers/businesses, teachers and caregivers. Click the above link to learn more.
- Headspace is providing free subscriptions to US healthcare providers working in public health settings: If you work in healthcare or know someone that does, please visit or share this link with instructions on how to claim your free subscription through the end of 2020.
Uninsured COVID-19 Related Costs
The NAFC continues to encourage Members of Congress and the Administration to find a solution to the high costs of coronavirus testing and treatment for the uninsured and immigrant patient population. Additionally, the NAFC continues to encourage Members of Congress, Federal Agencies and the Administration to identify ways to expand funding to all members of the safety-net who are treating patients in communities across the country. The NAFC will activate our members in letter-writing campaigns if and when it is appropriate.
USCIS announced that the agency will NOT consider “testing, treatment, nor preventative care (including vaccines, if a vaccine becomes available) related to COVID-19” in a public charge determination “even if such treatment is provided or paid for by one or more public benefits.”
For more information: https://www.uscis.gov/greencard/public-charge
NAFC Office Procedures - NAFC continues to monitor this situation closely and if/when appropriate will utilize the following protocols, which were approved by the Board under our disaster plan. CLICK HERE