MEETING THE NEEDS OF OUR COMMUNITIES
At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Community Care Cooperative (C3) and the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers (the League) identified transitioning to telehealth services as a key strategy for health centers to meet the needs of low-income, diverse communities, and to remain financially sound. FQHCs face the unprecedented challenge of safely providing services as their communities, already disadvantaged by health disparities, experience a significantly higher prevalence of the virus.
Founded in March 2020, the FQHC Telehealth Consortium was established to support health centers as they pivoted to telehealth services, provided necessary COVID-19 care, and sought to remain financially sustainable. The challenge now is to build a national model designed to achieve sustainable, patient-centered, and equitable telehealth practices at health centers.
A lead grant from the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation helped launch the FQHC Telehealth Consortium and fund our successful $5M campaign to promote robust telehealth services across 35 FQHCs.
A SHARED GOAL
Led by the Community Care Cooperative and the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, the Consortium works to implement, scale, and integrate telehealth services to bridge the current technology gap between provider and patient. Currently composed of 35 FQHCs throughout the Commonwealth, serving over 700,000 patients, dedicated to bridging the digital divide to eliminate health disparities.