Special to The Dallas Examiner
Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the Health Resources and Services Administration, awarded $5,897,008 to 72 health centers in Texas stemming from the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act 2020. Health center recipients in Texas may use these awards to address screening and testing needs, acquire medical supplies and boost their telehealth capacity in response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 pandemic.
On March 6, President Trump signed the act into law, which provides $8.3 billion in emergency funding for federal agencies to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak, including $100 million for HRSA-funded health centers nationwide. Recognizing the urgency of the situation, and the important role health centers play in their communities, HHS will make funding for health center recipients in Texas available immediately.
“HRSA-funded health centers have been and will be critical players in our national response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” HHS Secretary Alex Azar said. “The new grants we’re releasing today are a rapid injection of resources secured by President Trump from Congress in the supplemental funding bill, building on the strong investments HHS has made in health centers over the years.”
The funding supports health centers across the country in their emergency planning and response efforts. The awards will give health centers the flexibility to meet the evolving COVID-19 needs in their respective communities including but not limited to, expanding COVID-19 screening and testing capacity, purchasing supplies such personal protective equipment and providing safety education.
“HRSA-funded health centers provide high-quality primary care services to 28 million people in the United States. That is 1 in 12 people nationwide. These grantees operate 13,000 service delivery sites that are lifelines to services and networks of resources in their communities every day, and especially during a crisis,” HRSA Administrator Tom Engels said. “HRSA-funded health centers will receive this funding as quickly as possible so they can maintain their ability to deliver quality primary health care services to their patients while responding to developing needs in their communities.”
Supplemental Funding in Dallas will include:
- Dallas County Hospital District – $70,115
- Healing Hands Ministries Inc. – $72,026
- Los Barrios Unidos Community Clinic Inc. – $103,132
- Martin Luther King Jr. Family Clinic Inc. – $57,853
- Mission East Dallas and Metroplex Project – $56,800
For a complete list of award recipients, visit https://bphc.hrsa.gov/emergency-response/coronavirus-covid19-FY2020-awards. For more information about COVID-19, visit http://coronavirus.gov.