At the end of last week, U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Fla., announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is sending funds to South Florida to help two community health centers during the coronavirus pandemic.
Mucarsel-Powell announced HHS is sending $1,427,018 to the two community health centers. The Community Health of South Florida, Inc (CHI) is getting the bulk of the funds, receiving $1,290,154. HHS is sending $136,864 to the Rural Health Network of Monroe County, Inc.
The funds were authorized by Congress as part of its efforts to expand testing for coronavirus.
“Continued, robust funding to community health centers is critical to keeping the people of South Florida safe and healthy during this pandemic,” Mucarsel-Powell said on Friday. “I fought hard to ensure that health providers on the frontlines, like Community Health of South Florida and Rural Health Network, receive the federal support they need in this crisis.
“I will continue to work to make sure that these health providers have the essential resources to maintain drive-thru testing, provide PPE and supplies to healthcare workers, and continue their life-saving contributions to South Florida. I also call on Gov. DeSantis to provide accurate, transparent, and timely information about COVID-19 in Florida so our health centers can adapt their efforts to best assist our communities,” she added.
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