As part of a program sponsored by UnitedHealth Group
, (UHG) Cleveland is 1 of 8 locations nationwide identified for free COVID-19 testing to serve at-risk communities. Beginning in October, Better Health Partnership
(BHP) convened Federally Qualified Health Centers
(FQHCs), Greater Cleveland Congregations
(GCC) and other community stakeholders with UHG to expand COVID-19 testing to communities of color in neighborhoods identified to have significant testing gaps.
The tenets of this program include selecting under-resourced locations in need of additional testing, identifying and including trusted local partners, deploying mobile testing (estimate 6,000 tests), and providing additional supports such as food, education and COVID health and safety kits. BHP collects testing data from the FQHCs and the program to monitor progress, inform strategies and provide a community-wide view of testing impact.
Those testing positive for COVID-19 are referred to our local FQHC partners Asian Services in Action, Care Alliance Health Center, Circle Health Services/The Centers, and Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services
for treatment, education and additional supports. Referrals to the Better Health Pathways HUB
are encouraged for those who may need social-economic assistance with isolation and quarantine.
For more information on this collaboration or for test site information, visit https://www.communitystopcovid.com/OH