Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Centering

Information for Centering Sites

There is no higher priority to the Centering Healthcare Institute (CHI) team than the health and safety of our staff, healthcare partners and Centering families across the country. We appreciate that you are on the front lines and are grateful for the many ways each of you are caring for your communities. We are committed to closely monitoring the latest updates from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and public health experts, communicating openly with you and doing everything we can to support your Centering practice.

Group Care and COVID-19

The decisions about how to provide prenatal and well-child care in these uncertain times are complex. We wanted to make sure that everyone is aware of the CDC guidance related to groups and minimizing the chance for exposures. CHI recognizes that some of our partners may determine the best course, for now, is to pause groups. Others are continuing, employing a variety of strategies to keep patients safe and feeling calm and connected.

We urge Centering sites to follow clinical and general guidelines from the CDC, local governments, health experts and state health departments. The CDC is updating its information daily and we encourage you to continually check it's website for the most recent updates regarding direction, information and response guidelines on COVID-19.

Support for Centering Sites

At CHI, we are particularly aware that our Centering practices work on the front lines of health care providing medical attention to those in need. We recognize that concerns around COVID-19 and the changing situation, may result in a sudden influx of healthcare demands at your clinic. We are committed to supporting and accommodating the needs of your Centering practice during this time.

CHI Events, Workshops and Registration Policy

We know that flexibility is what our partners are looking for right now. We have adjusted our workshop registration and refund policies and have cancelled all in-person events until April 15. Given the evolving nature of the pandemic, we will carefully reassess the situation in the coming weeks and share updates as they become available. Please contact our Site Support team for any questions related to workshop cancellation and refunds.

1-on-1 Time with Centering Advisors at No Cost

Our Practice Transformation team is meeting regularly to share best practices and is here to help you explore the decisions that are right for your practice. Our effort is to provide thought partnership sessions, to help facilitate conversations around the challenges you are facing relating to Centering groups during the COVID-19 spread, and help discern what may be best for your clinic. These sessions will be with a member of CHI’s Implementation Advisor team, whose time is generally only available to practices engaged in a Centering Implementation Plan. Our Advisor team has considerable experience in clinical settings and public health agencies and can provide a valuable perspective for our Centering partners. We encourage you to reach out and schedule an appointment here.

Strength from the Centering Family

You have heard us say before that “wisdom comes from the group.” We have created a thread in CenteringConnects where sites can share their challenges and best practices. We sincerely hope that you will come together as a Centering community to learn from and support one another.

We will be hosting a special Circle Up on March 31, at 3pm ET. Please join us.


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