Lawrence, KS – Heartland Community Health Center (Heartland) is pleased to announce the receipt of additional Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines allocated to our community through Heartland’s status as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). Heartland anticipates receiving the vaccines next week, with distribution beginning as early as December 28th for Tier 1 health care professionals. Earlier this week, Heartland received notification that the community health center would be the recipient of additional COVID vaccines from KDHE (Kansas Department of Health & Environment). The intent is to for Heartland to administer the vaccine in accordance with Douglas County’s Tier Strategy, with the first vaccinations being provided to health care workers and first responders. Heartland requests that patients do not call the clinic for a vaccine, but rather continue to monitor updates as they are released by the health center to the public via social media and website updates. Heartland will continuously communicate updates to the vaccination plan for patients as resources become available.

As a community health partner, Heartland will be working closely with Douglas County’s Unified Command to administer the vaccines through an equitable process to maximize and leverage the vaccine supplies that have been given to our county.  Heartland will provide updates as they are received from KDHE.

“As the sole safety-net provider for our county, Heartland remains committed to providing care at a time when our neighbors need it the most,” said Heartland CEO, Robyn Coventon. “We recognize the value and importance in being a part of the community-wide effort to prevent the spread of COVID and will continue to work alongside our health care partners to ensure our community members are healthy and supported. We recognize this is a fluid and constantly evolving situation, and we are prepared to be flexible, nimble, and collaborative to meet the needs of our community. As we begin to administer vaccines, we believe this will bring a sense of hope that we are moving in the right direction to begin healing and recovery in Douglas County.”

At the onset of our local outbreak in March 2020, Heartland was one of the first health care providers to modify its operations and launch exterior screening, curbside triage (CTT), and COVID-19 testing to keep the community safe. Since then, Heartland has seen a steady increase in patients utilizing the CTT services throughout the year, with an average of 40 patients a day in CTT. Heartland continues to provide on-site COVID screening and testing while continuing its daily operation of integrated services of primary care, behavioral health, psychiatry, and dental care and wrap-around services for insured and uninsured patients.

“This year has been challenging in so many ways, but we celebrate taking a step in the direction of health and wellness as we prepare to administer the COVID vaccine,” said Heartland’s Chief Operations Officer and RN, Tiffany Lewis. “Our clinical providers and staff have demonstrated strong commitment and courage through this pandemic, and we are anticipating that this vaccine will help us combat the spread of the COVID-19 illness in our community as we look towards the new year.”

To ensure continuity of care during the pandemic and prioritize the safety of patients, Heartland opened its telehealth services for established and new patients, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. Telehealth appointments are designed to access care anytime, anywhere. Primary care, behavioral health, and dentistry telehealth services are available for patients that may not need (or want) to leave the comfort of their home but need to connect to care.

Heartland remains grateful for the support of our patients, partners, staff, and community for allowing us to grow and serve in Kansas during the COVID pandemic. To become a patient of Heartland, please call 785-841-7297.