Community health centers score $1 billion from HHS for upgrades


HHS on Tuesday made available $1 billion in funding for construction and renovation projects at community health centers.

Nearly 1,400 health federally funded health centers are eligible to apply for the money. They can use it for COVID-19 related capital needs, build new facilities, renovate or expand existing facilities, or buy new equipment.

“HRSA-funded health centers have adapted to the evolving needs in their communities throughout the pandemic,” HRSA Acting Administrator Diana Espinosa said in a statement. “This historic influx of funding for infrastructure improvements will allow them to continue the critical work of connecting underserved patients and communities with high-quality health care.”

Applications are due June 24. Health centers can only submit one application.

The new funding comes from the $1.9 trillion economic stimulus package—dubbed the “American Rescue Plan”—that Congress passed in March to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Congress included $7.6 billion in the package to help community health centers fight the virus.



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