Community health centers across Santa Clara County have served some of the poorest neighborhoods for decades, often as an entryway into health care for those who lack access, money or are undocumented and hesitate to visit larger clinics and hospitals…A product of civil rights movements in the 1960s and 70s, the organizations are often “one stop shops” for medical, dental, nutritional and mental health care. Visits have dropped between 50 percent and 95 percent as people are putting off non-urgent care or are too scared to come in. But when clinics physically can’t see patients or charge for care, providers don’t get paid.
South Bay community health centers struggle through COVID-19
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