Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

 

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:
http://www.coronavirus.gov​.  
 

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

 

 

 

 


 

 


 

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 Underservedhttps://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 Preventionhttps://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/

Coronavirus forces St. Petersburg Free Clinic to make changes to continue helping the community - ABC Action News WFTS - March 25, 2020 - https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/region-pinellas/coronavirus-forces-st-petersburg-free-clinic-to-make-changes-to-continue-helping-the-community
 
 
Fauquier Free Clinic continues to see patients - Some operational changes in effect - Fauquier Times - March 24, 2020 -  https://www.fauquier.com/news/fauquier-free-clinic-continues-to-see-patients/article_b3da3804-6dea-11ea-8ffa-0710755656dc.html

 

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

 


 

RELATED NEWS

 

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

 


 

Webinars

 

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.

 

“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). 

 


 

CLINICAL RESOURCES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • 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

 

Headspace App Resources: Weathering the Storm: Helping the World Curb Rising Stress and Anxiety with COVID-19

  • 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. 

 

PUBLIC CHARGE

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