Over $6.4M in federal funds heading to NY community health centers

U.S. Sens. Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced $6,400,528 in federal funds for 62 New York community health centers.

The funding will be allocated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration. These Health Center Quality Improvement funds are rewards for health care centers who have exceeded or met quality standards and patient care goals. The funds will support high-quality health centers across the state in continuing to increase access to comprehensive primary health care services and further invest in care for the communities and patients they serve.

“These critical federal investments will enable 61 community health centers throughout New York state, including 26 centers in Upstate New York alone, to improve healthcare access for the local community,” said Sen. Schumer. “Specifically, this investment will enable high-quality health centers to increase access to primary care services for New Yorkers and build upon their already successful work to improve patient care quality and reduce health disparities across New York state. Not only will this funding further enhance New York state residents’ ability to access high-quality health care services, it will also support jobs for local area residents and health professionals, enriching regional economies across the state. This is great news for New York state and I will continue to fight for this kind of funding so that New Yorkers may continue to benefit from increased access to high-quality care.”

“This is a major investment for New York,” Sen. Gillibrand said. “High-quality health care must be accessible throughout our communities. This grant will help local health care centers in our state meet demand and expand to provide new services. By hiring more trained staff members, these centers will work more efficiently and New Yorkers will get the quality care they need.”

Those receiving funding in Western New York include The Chautauqua Center in Dunkirk, which will receive $58,376.

The Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary federal agency for improving access to health care by strengthening the health care workforce, building healthy communities and achieving health equity. HRSA’s programs provide health care to people who are geographically isolated, economically or medically vulnerable.