Rush Announces Community Health Centers in 1st Congressional District Invited To Participate in the Health Center COVID-19 Vaccine Program
CHICAGO — Today, U.S. Representatives Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) is pleased to announce that five community health centers in the 1st Congressional District will be invited to join the Health Center COVID-19 Vaccine Program over the next six weeks. The five health centers include: TCA Health, Inc, Christian Community Health Center, Friend Family Health Center, Inc, Beloved Community Family Wellness Center, and Howard Brown Health Center.
“As our nation navigates the unprecedented task of vaccinating hundreds of millions of people, I am proud that our community health centers are being recognized as the trusted community partners they are. It is critical that equity remains front and center as we expand access to vaccinations in order to ensure both a return to normalcy and a restoration of trust in our government and healthcare systems. This is particularly true for Black and Brown Americans who have been hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Health Center COVID-19 Vaccine Program, which prioritizes health centers that serve high proportions of low-income and minority patients, is fundamental to this effort. I congratulate the five health centers in my district for being chosen to participate,” said Rush.
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched this program to directly allocate COVID-19 vaccines to HRSA-supported health centers to ensure that our nation’s underserved communities and those disproportionately affected by COVID-19 are equitably vaccinated. The Federal Government will provide vaccines directly to these health centers.
HRSA-funded health centers are community-based and patient-directed organizations that deliver affordable, accessible, quality, and cost-effective primary health care. Nationwide, nearly 1,400 HRSA-funded health centers operate approximately 13,000 sites, providing primary and preventive care on a sliding fee scale to nearly 30 million patients each year. Over 91 percent of health center patients are individuals or families living at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines and nearly 63 percent are racial or ethnic minorities. Health centers across the nation are playing vital roles in supporting local community responses to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
To view a list of the health centers participating in or invited to join the program please visit: https://www.hrsa.gov/coronavirus/health-center-program.
To locate a HRSA-funded health center, visit: https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.