May 11, 2023, Rochester, N.Y. – On Thursday, Jordan Health along with several other community and health organizations announced the impact the COVID-19 National Public Health termination will have on the local community. The ending of the public health emergency does not mean COVID is no longer a threat in our community. A COVID outbreak can resurge similar to the FLU. However, the ending of the National Public Health Emergency means local health departments may no longer be able to offer free services when it comes to COVID-19, such as testing or vaccines. It will also impact some recipients of Medicaid. Local Medicaid recipients may need to re-enroll in the program in order to receive coverage and aid, and determine program eligibility.
As a result, organizations like Jordan Health, Mosaic Health, The City of Rochester, Urban League of Rochester, Trillium Health, Action for a Better Community, IBERO, Regional Health Reach, and Common Ground Health have partnered thanks to the support of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to relaunch the “You Deserve Answers” initiative as a way to provide information and answers for the Greater Rochester community.
“Jordan Health understands that ensuring everyone has access to quality healthcare remains a public health crisis,” said Dr. Linda Clark, Chief Medical Officer at Jordan Health. “Our providers are prepared to care for our community including some of the most vulnerable regardless of their ability to pay. We all have witnessed the extreme levels of health disparities throughout the pandemic and that continues today. Jordan Health will remain a resource and safe haven for those in our neighborhoods whether the care they require is related to COVID or the improvement of their overall health.”
The health and community partners will hold a series of community group discussions, host telethons, provide additional information and educational materials and plan any needed interventions.
“The Urban League was at the forefront in the fight to protect our community against the COVID-19 virus. We opened our doors to host vaccine clinics, shared information about how to stay safe, and partnered with local health networks to help people get tested,” said Dr. Candice Lucas, Senior Vice President, Equity and Advocacy. “So, while many of us may be tired of COVID, we know that COVID continues to impact us. Therefore, the Urban League will continue to work alongside our partners as a resource for those in need and an advocate for continued services.”
For more information and answers regarding who is impacted and where you can go for free COVID testing and vaccines visit GetYourAnswers.org.