The Biden Administration has invested more than $6 Billion from the American Rescue Plan into Community Health Centers nationwide via the Health Resources Service Administration (HRSA), in order 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-centered organizations that deliver affordable, accessible, quality, and cost-effective primary health care. Nationwide, nearly 1,400 centers operate about 13,000 sites, providing primary and preventive care on a sliding fee scale to nearly 30 million patients each year. More than 91 percent of health center patients are individuals or families living at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines and nearly 63 percent are racial/ethnic minorities. Health centers across the nation are playing vital roles in supporting local community responses to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
White Bird Clinic is one of the 1,337 CHCs nationwide, and 30 in Oregon, named grant reward recipients. The grant covers a two-year project period and will allow White Bird to provide thorough, equitable vaccine care to the community, continue to test for COVID-19, and deliver quality care to local residents regardless of income level or housing status.
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