Rural Health Clinics Increase Access to COVID-19 Testing

As COVID-19 swept across America, Congress and the Trump Administration quickly recognized that Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) would be an important source of testing for the new virus. In early May, Congress approved a $225 Million RHC COVID-19 Testing Program so all RHCs could assist with a national effort to increase COVID-19 testing.

The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) was charged with organizing the distribution of this money to RHCs. Through an unprecedented level of collaboration between FORHP, the National Association of Rural Health Clinics (NARHC) and the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH), this money began flowing to virtually every RHC in the country in a matter of weeks.

Join the leaders of NARHC, NOSORH and FORHP as they discuss both the triumphs of RHCs during COVID-19 and the challenges ahead as we head into a winter resurgence in cases. After brief remarks from each of the rural health leaders, the lines will be opened for you to ask questions and share your experiences with the panelists and attendees. They want to hear about your success as well as what challenges you continue to face in meeting the healthcare needs of your communities in these challenging times.

This Town Hall will also serve as a kick-off to a week-long celebration of the Power of Rural culminating in National Rural Health Day on November 19th! 

Date of Webinar: Monday, November 16th, 2020
Time: 1:00 PM Central

Hosted by the leaders of NARHC, NOSORH, and FORHP


  • Tom Morris, MPA, Associate Administrator for Rural Health Policy, HRS, HHS
  • Lindsey Nienstedt, MPH, MSW, Public Health Analyst, FORHP, HHS
  • Bill Finerfrock, Executive Director of NARHC
  • Teryl Eisinger, Executive Director of NOSORH

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