Community Health Care Centers Expand COVID-19 Testing

In partnership with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), and Assurance Scientific Laboratory, the Alabama Primary Health Care Association (ALPHCA)and its community health center network are expanding community based COVID-19 testing. In addition to established testing locations, testing resources will be provided through popup events supported by mobile clinics or through scheduled walk-up or drive-up events. Expanded testing will focus on low-testing areas statewide, in designated hot spots, or other areas of need identified by the Alabama Department of Public Health and community partners. Testing efforts will continue to expand over the next several weeks to leverage health center resources statewide. This expansion builds upon testing being conducted by health centers across Alabama. Public testing is currently available by appointment at the following health center locations:

Health Services, Inc.: Montgomery, Elmore, Chilton, Shelby and Lowndes Counties

• River Region Health Center

1845 Cherry Street, Montgomery AL 36107 Phone: 334-420-5001

• Montgomery Primary Healthcare Center

3058 Mobile Highway, Montgomery, AL 36108 Phone: 334-293-6670

• Ramer Family Health Center

5422 Highway 94 East, Ramer, AL 36069 Phone: 334-562-3229

• Chisholm Family Health Center

100 East Vandiver Blvd., Montgomery AL 36110 Phone: 334-832-4338

• Montgomery East Family Health Center

309 St. Luke’s Drive, Montgomery AL 36117 Phone: 334-562-3229

• Gateway Family Health Center

2905 E. South Blvd., Montgomery AL 36116 Phone: 334-288-0009

• Clanton Family Health Center

107 Medical Center Drive, Clanton, AL 35045 Phone: 205-755-3980

• Eclectic Family Health Center

30 Main Street, Eclectic, AL 36024 Phone: 334-541-2116

• Hayneville Family Health Center

511 East Tuskeena, Hayneville, AL 36040 Phone: 334-548-2516

• Montevallo Family Health Center

33 Salem Road, Suite 2, Montevallo, AL 35115

Phone: 205-851-2010

Funding for the test sites comes in the form of direct payments from the federal government as part of the CARES Act. While many of these testing locations have taken awhile to get up and running, many are now open and ready. Screening procedures will be used to ensure that those being tested are at sufficient enough risk to have contracted the coronavirus to ensure tests are not wasted, according Lauren Gordon at ALPHCA.

The Alabama Primary Health Care Association is the professional association representing the operational, clinical, and financial interests of community health centers. Health centers are the cornerstone of Alabama’s primary care system and represent the largest primary care system serving over 350,000 medically underserved patients annually across 165 community locations. To learn more about APHCA, please visit www.alphca.com