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Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers serves as the collective voice for Pennsylvania's Federally Qualified Health Centers (FHQCs), FQHC Look-Alikes (FQHCLAs), and non-profit Rural Health Clinics (RHCs).  Our members are unique nonprofit primary care facilities that provide a wide array of services to Pennsylvanians in underserved areas of the state. There are nearly 300 sites in 52 counties serving nearly 900,000 Pennsylvanians.  At these primary care facilities, patients will receive high quality care at a price they can afford with sliding fees based on income and family size.

PACHC News

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Hope Glimmers Despite Division and Doubt

We have endured 10 months of pandemic response, conversion on a dime to care through telehealth, great partisan divide in our country, a limited ability to “refuel” through our usual gatherings of friends and family, civil unrest and pain laid bare, constraints on travel, new financial and workforce burdens, fear and sorrow. Often, for each step forward, we felt like we took a half step backwards. The hardest part has often been not knowing how long we will need to live in this world so foreign to the one we inhabited prior to March 2020. The inaugural doses of COVID-19 vaccine to FQHCs and hospitals mark a new milestone in this journey--one that gives hope for the future. And perhaps accompanying that hope for a return to a new “normal” in the coming months, comes a hope that when we can re-connect, we can also find ways to reunite as individuals, communities and as a country. To listen to those who are hurting so they feel heard, to help those who are angry find peace, to take the lessons learned from this challenging journey to emerge stronger. We don’t know if the adage of “what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger” is true, but we retain our faith in the tenets this country was built on. We retain hope.

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