April 7, 2020
Resources for Those in Need During the COVID-19 Outbreak
Sophia L. Thomas, DNP, FNP-BC, PPCNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP
Even when there’s not a pandemic, many communities face health challenges due to social determinants of health, including economic, educational, social, environmental and other factors. While these communities historically shoulder the brunt of disease outbreaks, these important resources can help.
- Free school meal programs. School breakfast and lunch programs serve over 50 million kids. While school is out, many are offering grab-n-go meals, so reach out to your district to learn where to access food resources.
- Free prescription delivery. CVS, Walgreens and other prescription delivery services are offering free delivery to save you a trip to the pharmacy.
- Drive-through testing. Multiple states have set up drive-through testing facilities, with more to come. Most require an appointment, so call ahead if you have symptoms.
- Retail clinics. Nurse practitioners are conducting video visits to assess COVID-19 risk and determine next steps. They also still give flu, pneumonia and whooping cough vaccinations to reduce the risk of lung complications and treat ancillary problems like the flu and allergy flare-ups.
Let’s share these resources with the people most affected to make sure everyone has access to quality care.