Failure to fund clinics continues to harm patients and blunts impact of federal steps to increase testing and treatment access
NCSD Releases Second Survey of Clinic Capacity in Monkeypox Response
Two months into the ongoing monkeypox (MPV) outbreak, a new survey released by the National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD) demonstrates that the nation’s frontline healthcare providers still lack the resources to meet their communities’ response needs. NCSD, the association representing state and local health department sexually transmitted disease (STD) directors and staff, conducted on July 26-29, 2022 shows that clinics continue to be leaders in their communities’ response to the virus but have yet to receive the resources they need to meet community needs. More than 80 clinics participated.
This new survey follows the first known survey of health clinics’ capacity to manage the emerging MPV outbreak, which NCSD conducted on June 14-16, 2022. While the first survey showed a need for basic supplies like swabs and PPE, the second survey shows that the needs have evolved as clinics have been pushed to absorb costs for staffing and testing.
Sexual health clinics continue to be vital front-line providers in the monkeypox response.
Clinics have incurred monkeypox response costs, but have not been funded to provide monkeypox services.
Participation in the monkeypox response has interrupted essential non-monkeypox care in the community.
Federal expansion of commercial lab capacity has not alleviated front-line challenges.
If the federal government provided funding for the monkeypox response, those funds would immediately be used to meet communities’ most pressing clinic needs.
About the Survey
NCSD developed the STD Clinic Capacity Survey – Monkeypox Response to assess the needs of clinics that may see monkeypox patients nationwide and distributed it via NCSD’s listserv of clinics on July 26-29, 2022. Clinics on the listserv include more than 1,000 categorical STD clinics, family planning clinics, primary care providers, health departments, federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), AIDS services organizations, and other health providers that participate in NCSD’s Clinic + network or receive training or information about STDs. This survey follows an initial assessment on June 14-16, 2022, which was the first assessment of clinics’ capacity to respond to the growing outbreak of monkeypox in the U.S.