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COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit: Patient Rights, Responsibility and Access (2021). In response to concerns of access barriers some immigrants are facing regarding documentation requests prior to receiving COVID-19 vaccination, and individuals inappropriately being sent bills for COVID-19 vaccine fees, HRSA developed two fact sheets to help both patients and providers better understand their rights and responsibilities regarding access to COVID-19 vaccines. More Details...

Checklist for Administrators, Managers, and Clinicians to Integrate Community Health Workers in Vaccine Outreach, Acceptance, and Distribution Strategies (2021). Community Health Workers (CHWs) have played a key role in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it is essential that health center administrators, managers, and care teams understand how to effectively leverage the skills and experience of CHWs and adequately support and prepare them for this work. This checklist contains guidance and action items to help. More Details...

Fotonovela: Be Informed About the COVID-19 Vaccine (2021). This resource is an Illustrated brochure for agricultural workers that provides information and answers questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. It was jointly developed by Farmworker Justice, National Center for Farmworker Health, and Health Outreach Partners. More Details...

CDC and FDA Recommendation to Pause Use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine (Talking Points) (2021). This resource provides talking points concerning the CDC and FDA's recommendation to pause the use of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine after six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot. The recommendation was made in order to prepare the health care system to recognize and treat patients appropriately. More Details...

The Stairway to Telehealth Sustainability: The Telehealth Maturity Model: HITEQ Highlights Webinar (2021). In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth adoption increased significantly, supporting ongoing access to care and was critical to support healthcare operations continuity which resulted in the adoption of various modes of telehealth tools. The initial focus was applying telehealth capabilities to ordinary care to increase access to care and keep patients, providers and staff safe. What healthcare organizations are now looking for is a roadmap to make telehealth more sustainable, to integrate it into clinical operations and to leverage it more strategically. In this presentation, Christian Milaster of Ingenium Digital Health Advisors shares the 7-step Telehealth Maturity Model that guides organizations toward sustainable success with telehealth. This presentation is the first session of a two-part series. HITEQ will host a second webinar session in April -- Measuring Telehealth Success: The Why, The What, The How. More Details...

Maintaining Access to Dental Services During COVID-19 (2021). At the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, dental services were deemed non-essential and oral health services stopped. For people experiencing homelessness especially, however, dental services are critical. Over time, Health Care for the Homeless health centers innovated strategies to reopen and sustain access to these crucial services. This paper tracks themes from these innovations and recommends strategies to keep oral health services going during a pandemic. More Details...

Electronic Patient Engagement Vendor Discussion: COVID-19 Vaccine Communication: HITEQ and HealthTalk vendor discussion event (2021). View a brief presentation by HITEQ and HealthTalk followed by facilitated questions and discussion on their electronic patient engagement platform and the features within the platform that can assist federally qualified health centers with COVID vaccine communication and dissemination. Note that these sessions are not an endorsement of any specific vendor. These are an opportunity for health centers to hear about 3rd party vendors and get questions answered. More Details...

Electronic Patient Engagement Vendor Discussion: COVID-19 Vaccine Communication: HITEQ and CareMessage vendor discussion event (2021). View a brief presentation by HITEQ and CareMessage followed by facilitated questions and discussion on their electronic patient engagement platform and the features within the platform that can assist health centers with COVID vaccine communication and dissemination. Access resources, slides, and additional information from this session in the Links section below. Note that these sessions are not an endorsement of any specific vendor. These are an opportunity for health centers to hear about 3rd party vendors and get questions answered. More Details...

Using HRSA Health Center Funding from the American Rescue Plan Act to Improve Systems of Care for People Experiencing Homelessness (2021). As part of a larger $10 billion dollar investment to expand vaccine access in hardest-hit and high-risk communities, $6 billion dollars is being allocated by HRSA to 1,376 health centers to expand access to care. This funding presents a substantial opportunity to meet immediate needs and also improve systems of care for people experiencing homelessness. Read our issue brief on funding possibilities. More Details...

Antigen Testing in Congregate Shelters: Process Outline and Implementation Playbook (2021). Ongoing testing is still needed to identify cases and properly treat those with symptomatic or asymptomatic COVID. The CDC has issued Interim Testing Guidance for shelters and encampments to inform practices. Use this Antigen Testing Playbook for step-by-step guidance on implementing a comprehensive testing strategy in congregate shelters. More Details...

A Clinical Resource Guide for Community Care Centers During the COVID-19 Pandemic (2021). The COVID-19 pandemic is requiring a comprehensive infectious disease response. People experiencing homelessness are at a unique disadvantage in adhering to infectious diseases prevention and control directives. In response, many communities have created facilities that provide 24/7 shelter, urgent and medical respite care, and infection prevention and control measures. This guide will focus on the needs of homeless populations requiring a stay at centers because they have tested positive for COVID-19, have been exposed to it, or are thought to be particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 exposure. More Details...

Recruiting and Retaining Board Members: Considerations During and Immediately Post-Pandemic: Contratación y retención de miembros de la junta: consideraciones durante e inmediatamente después de la pandemia (2021). This short resource outlines how health center boards and staff that work closely with the board can adapt board recruitment and retention practices during the pandemic and as we begin to emerge into a new post-pandemic environment. More Details...

Community Health Center Chartbook 2021 (2021). The Community Health Center Chartbook uses graphics and charts to describe who health centers serve, how health centers meet their communities’ needs, health center growth and remaining challenges, and how health centers make an impact. More Details...

Infographic: COVID-19 Vaccine Info (2021). This infographic developed by a pediatrician at Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic to help inform patients of the COVID vaccine. More Details...

Infografía: Vacuna COVID-19 (2021). This infographics was developed by a pediatrician at Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic to help inform patients of the COVID vaccine. More Details...

The Importance of Social Connection for Older Adults During COVID-19 (2021). Physical distancing and loss of social supports during the COVID-19 pandemic may result in situations where vulnerable older adults experience emotional distress and poorer health outcomes. This webinar focused on helping participants understand the importance of early identification of ways to identify and support socially isolated and lonely older adults. More Details...

Look-Alike Webinar: Building Your Grants Management Structure (2021). This webinar provides a deep-dive for Look-Alike Health Centers on how to thoughtfully build, administer and sustain a successful grants management program and infrastructure. More Details...

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Implementation Toolkit (2021). This is a toolkit for decision-makers and implementers of vaccine clinics. Our goal was to create a “vaccination clinic in a box” that could be replicated in, and tailored to, many types of settings. The guide includes prompts for questions you may need to ask, examples of many types of documents that you may need (and information about where to find more documentation), and lessons-learned from our experience. More Details...

Health Center Governance & Telehealth: Current and Future Considerations for Strategy and Oversight: Gobernanza y telesalud del centro de salud: Consideraciones actuales y futuras para la estrategia y la supervisión (2021). This article outlines various strategic and oversight considerations related to telehealth for health center boards. A list of discussion questions is included at the end of the article. More Details...

FQHC Roles and Opportunities Related to Rural Hospital Financial Distress and Closure (2021). This publication, prepared with support from the Health Resources and Services Administration, provides a high-level examination of the lived experiences of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) that serve rural communities, particularly in the context of rural hospital financial distress and closure. (Released in 2021) More Details...

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