Housing providers explore collaborations with health centers

Regulation | September 30, 2020 | by Juliana Bilowich

During a recent call for housing provider members, LeadingAge hosted a special guest to discuss housing provider collaborations with federally qualified health centers on issues like COVID-19 and the flu. 

On October 5th, LeadingAge hosted a special edition of the Housing Advisory Group call, featuring a discussion on housing provider collaborations with federally qualified health centers. LeadingAge members were joined by staff from the National Association of Community Health Centers.

As the pandemic continues, some housing communities have developed relationships with their health departments and federally qualified health centers. Collaborations have included increased access to COVID-19 testing for HUD-assisted residents, as well as flu shots and educational materials. During the call, housing providers asked questions about how their residents can benefit from working with community health centers throughout COVID-19 and flu season.

Federally Qualified Health Centers

Federally Qualified Health Centers are community-based health care providers that receive funds from the HRSA Health Center Program to provide primary care services in underserved areas. They must meet a stringent set of requirements, including providing care on a sliding fee scale based on ability to pay and operating under a governing board that includes patients.

Federally Qualified Health Centers may be Community Health Centers, Migrant Health Centers, Health Care for the Homeless, and Health Centers for Residents of Public Housing. To find your local community health center, visit www.findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov.

LeadingAge Housing Advisory Group

Housing Advisory Group calls are held on Mondays at 12:30pm EST as a peer-sharing opportunity for affordable senior housing providers. Email Juliana for more information.