Community Health Centers and Clinic Resources

Resources for Community Health Centers and Clinics

Community health centers and clinics are pillars of essential care to medically underserved populations. Community health centers provide primary and preventative care to more than 30 million Americans in medically underserved areas across the country in every state, US territory, and the District of Columbia. More than 1,400 free and charitable clinics served 1.7 million patients in 2022 and provided 5.8 million patient visits across the nation[1]. Included are individuals who are uninsured (93% of patients seen were uninsured), live in rural communities, and represent various racial and ethnic minorities. Public health emergencies and disasters—both natural and otherwise—often impact community health centers and clinics disproportionately due to a variety of factors, including geography (42% of health centers are in rural communities); staff size; smaller operating budgets; limited flexibility around funding sources; and cost of care associated with the vulnerable populations being served. As a critical safety net resource to millions of Americans, health center and clinic staff—often who are from the communities served themselves—must be resourced appropriately to ensure critical services can continue amidst disasters. 

Learn more about our programs and initiatives and sign up here for future events hosted for community health centers and clinics.  


Advancing Resilience in Community Health in Emergency Response (ARCHER)

The Advancing Resilience in Community Health in Emergency Response (ARCHER) program was launched by Healthcare Ready in 2021 with funding provided by the Centene Charitable Foundation. ARCHER was created as a program to support emergency response and recovery capabilities of community health centers in designated high-risk regions across the country. View our trainings and reports on various preparedness topics for health centers, below 

Restoring the Healthcare Workforce for Equity

Support for Frontline Healthcare Workers

The COVID-19 pandemic’s unprecedented toll on the healthcare workforce has affected workers across geographies and professions. Lower-income communities, rural areas, and communities of color – are at disproportionate risk of harm from pandemic-related workforce impacts. With generous funding from the Centers for Disaster Philanthropy, this program provides 1-hour webinars for health center and clinic staff on topics to support workforce mental health and emotional well-being; and research findings on widening healthcare disparities caused by systemic COVID-19-related impacts.

Visit our Restoring the Healthcare Workforce for Equity webpage for additional resources.

Workforce Webinars for Resiliency and Recovery

Access 1-hour trainings on strategies and resources available to support workforce well-being (for all front-line staff and leaders)

  • Breaking the Ties that Bind: Moving Toward Health Equity [Webinar] [Resources]
  • Social Determinants of Mental Health and the Fallout from the COVID-19 Pandemic [Webinar] [Resources]
  • Health Equality vs. Health Equity: Why Knowing the Difference Matters [Webinar] [Resource]
  • Mental Health, Self-Care, and Burnout at Free and Charitable Clinics [Webinar] [Resource]
  • Mental Health and Resiliency Training [Resource]
  • Impact of Racism on Mental Health and Well-being in the Healthcare Workforce [Webinar] [Resource]

Emergency Preparedness Training Webinars

Access 1-hour trainings on strategies and resources available to support workforce well-being (for all front-line staff and leaders)

Supply Chain Training Webinars and Resources

View reports and resources on supply chain resilience strategies 

  • Supply Chain Resiliency: Collaborative Procurement Playbook [Playbook]
  • Guide to Developing Critical Supplies Lists for Health Centers and Clinics [Report]
  • Sample Critical Supplies List for Health Centers and Clinics [Sample List]
  • Supply Ready Report: Leading Practices for Supply Chain Resilience [Report]  



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