Rush Announces More Than $58 Million for Community Health Centers in First District from American Rescue Plan
Mar 26, 2021
WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) announced that seven community health centers with locations in the First Congressional District will receive a total of $58,643,750 million in funding from the American Rescue Plan to support COVID-19 vaccination and services for vulnerable populations. The funding will be awarded beginning in April by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
“I was proud to vote for the American Rescue Plan and am glad to see that funding from the bill to expand COVID-19 vaccination and testing is already on its way to the First District,” said Rush. “Ensuring the free and equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines is a top priority for me, and community health centers are critical to getting the vaccine to our most vulnerable populations who have been hit hardest by the pandemic.”
The community health centers in the First District who will receive funding from the American Rescue Plan are Access Community Health Network ($31,443,750), Beloved Community Family Wellness Center ($1,817,125), Christian Community Health Center ($3,141,625), Friend Family Health Center, Inc. ($6,156,875), Howard Brown Health Center ($6,226,875), Near North Health Service Corporation ($8,279,125), and TCA Health, Inc. NFP ($1,578,375).
Health centers will be able to use the funds to support and expand COVID-19 vaccination, testing, and treatment for vulnerable populations; deliver needed preventive and primary health care services to those at higher risk for COVID-19; and expand health centers’ operational capacity during the pandemic and beyond, including modifying and improving physical infrastructure and adding mobile units. This investment will help increase access to vaccinations among hard-hit populations, as well as confidence in the vaccine by empowering local, trusted health professionals in their efforts to expand vaccinations.
HRSA-funded health centers are community-based and patient-directed organizations that deliver affordable, accessible, quality, and cost-effective primary health care to medically underserved communities and vulnerable populations, including high-need urban, rural, and frontier communities across the country. Health centers serve 1 in 5 people living in rural communities, and 1 in 11 people nationwide. More than 91% of health center patients are individuals or families living at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, and nearly 63% are racial or ethnic minorities.
For detailed information on how this funding is being distributed to health centers, including an interactive map of which health centers will receive funding, please visit: https://bphc.hrsa.gov/program-opportunities/american-rescue-plan/awards.
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