U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson announced that almost $7.8 million in U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Department funds were headed to her South Florida district to help residents deal with the coronavirus pandemic.
The funds are part of the $2.2 trillion stimulus package approved by the White House and Congress at the end of last month.
Wilson announced $7,756,820 is coming to seven healthcare centers in her district. The Borinquen Health Care Center is getting $1,994,795 and the Jessie Trice Community Health System will receive $1,974,725. The Care Resource Community Health Centers is penciled in for $1,143,005 while Broward Community and Family Health Centers will garner $803,075. Camillus Health Concern will receive $682,970, Empower U will get $588,935 and the Center for Family and Child Enrichment will take in $569,315.
“I am thrilled that community health centers in my district will receive more than $7 million to address the coronavirus pandemic. Health centers are at the frontlines of combating the virus and are the first place that many low-income people turn to for care. Given recent news reports, the HHS grants will be enormously helpful to minority communities where people of color have been disproportionately affected by this public health crisis and more testing and other related services are desperately needed,” said Wilson.
“I am encouraged by what we were able to accomplish in the CARES Act but will continue to fight for robust investment in community health centers in future coronavirus response packages,” Wilson added.
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