Helping Community Health Centers Win Millions in Stimulus Funding
In poor neighborhoods, such as East Harlem, Bedford-Stuyvesant, and Jamaica, community health centers are the cornerstones of health care. They are open late and on the weekends, and accept patients with Medicaid, Medicare, or no insurance at all. Centers in the City were eligible for millions of dollars in federal stimulus money, which will help them expand and upgrade their facilities and equipment which will help serve the community better.
|Addabbo Family Health Center received $1.8 million to develop a new location in South Ozone Park.|
With a grant of $100,000
in 2009, the Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC)
helped health centers providing care in low-income communities develop business plans, capital and program expansion budgets staffing and recruitment strategies; and construction plans and timetables.
“Increasing the capacity of community health centers means fewer people going to the emergency room for non-emergencies or problems that could have been easily prevented with basic primary care,” says Len McNally, program director for health at The Trust.PCDC’s work with the centers resulted in nearly $17 million in federal grants listed below:
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- Community Healthcare Network won $1.36 million to expand its health center on the Lower East Side.
- Urban Health Plan won $12 million to build a new health center in the South Bronx.
- Addabbo Family Health Center received $1.8 million to develop a new location in South Ozone Park.
- Damian Family Care Center received $1.6 million to develop a new facility in Jamaica.