DUBUQUE, Iowa, March 12, 2021 - Crescent Community Health Center (Crescent) has been invited to participate in the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Health Center COVID-19 Vaccine Program. The program directly allocates COVID-19 vaccines to HRSA-supported health centers, complementing existing local efforts to increase vaccinations and ensure equitable access in our community.
As one of 700 health centers invited to this program, Crescent was chosen based on patient base including the following disproportionately affected populations:
- Serve high proportions of low income and minority patients,
- Provide services to rural/frontier populations,
- Operate Tribal/Urban Indian Health Programs, and/or
- Utilize mobile vans to deliver services.
“This allotment of vaccines is critical for our patients. I would like to specifically thank Representative Hinson for her support in pushing for vaccine availability at Crescent, promoting lifesaving health equity in our community,” said Gary Collins, Crescent CEO.
Crescent is expected to receive the first round of vaccines in April. Qualifying patients will be contacted to schedule vaccine appointments.
Crescent Community Health Center first opened its doors in October of 2006. Crescent was founded by a group of dedicated board members made up of community stakeholders who identified the need for primary medical and dental care for underserved populations. Since then, Crescent has been providing high-quality primary and preventive medical and dental care to members of the community.