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Health Centers Receive $25.7M in Stimulus Grants

A number of community health centers nationwide will receive a combined total of $25.7 million in stimulus grants in 2010, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Aug. 23.

“These grants could not be coming at a better time,” HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said. “With more than 14.5 million Americans out of work, and 47 million without health insurance, the health centers are seeing more patients now than ever before.”

Made possible under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), or stimulus package,  a total of 180 grants worth more than $21.9 million will be used to help health centers add or increase mental health/substance abuse, enabling (ie, outreach, transportation, etc.), oral health, and pharmacy services. Additionally, 48 planning grants totaling more than $3.8 million will be distributed to organizations in hard hit areas without health centers for new service delivery site development, HHS said.

See the HHS press release for a list of the grants awarded through a competitive bidding process.

Additional Funding

The Recovery Act provides a total of $2 billion to support the expansion, improvement and renovation of community health centers. To date, approximately $1.4 billion has been awarded to health centers.

On June 29, First Lady Michelle Obama announced the release of $851 million in Recovery Act grants to upgrade and expand community health centers. On March 27, HHS announced the release of $338 million in Recovery Act grants to expand services offered by community health centers and enable them to serve more patients. And on March 2, President Barack Obama announced the release of $155 million in Recovery Act grants to support 126 community health centers across the country.

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