HHS awards over $1.5 million to Arizona community health centers

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Xavier Becerra

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), awarded $1,048,000 in American Rescue Plan funding to 16 community health centers in Alabama to advance health equity through better data collection and reporting. On Friday, August 5, President Joe Biden issued a proclamation on National Health Center Week to recognize the vital role health centers play in safeguarding the well-being of Americans.

These awards will help strengthen efforts to eliminate inequities in COVID-19 care and outcomes within communities of color and other underserved populations. The nearly $90 million in funding also builds on the $7.6 billion invested from the American Rescue Plan to strengthen the health center workforce, renovate facilities, and equip them with essential COVID-19 medical supplies over the past year.

“We have prioritized advancing equity in our COVID-19 response and throughout all of our work,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. “Community health centers have played a pivotal role in the nation’s COVID-19 response, and now serve more than 30 million people across the country. Today’s investments will help ensure that all patients have equitable access to the high-quality health care they deserve.”

HRSA’s initiative is designed to enable health centers to have better data on both patient health status and social determinants of health. With better information, programs can tailor their efforts to improve health outcomes and advance health equity by more precisely targeting the needs of specific communities or patients, particularly as part of the public health emergency response.

“Time and again, the COVID pandemic has demonstrated the vital role of trusted community leaders in delivering health care services,” said HRSA Administrator Carole Johnson. “Health centers are that trusted resource in the highest risk and hardest hit communities in the country.  As we recognize the heroic work of the frontline health care workers who make health centers what they are, today we also are investing in the tools they need to help them continue to best serve their communities.”

The nearly 1,400 HRSA-funded community health centers in the U.S. serve as a national source of primary care in underserved communities. They are community-based and patient-directed organizations that deliver affordable, accessible, and high-quality medical, dental, and behavioral health services to more than 30 million patients each year, with specific initiatives intended to reach people experiencing homelessness, agricultural workers, and residents of public housing.

The following centers will receive funding in Arizona.

JO COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERAJOAZ$65,500
HORIZON HEALTH AND WELLNESS, INC.APACHE JUNCTIONAZ$65,500
SUN LIFE FAMILY HEALTH CENTER, INCCASA GRANDEAZ$65,500
CREEK VALLEY HEALTH CLINICCOLORADO CITYAZ$65,500
CHIRICAHUA COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS, INC.DOUGLASAZ$65,500
NORTH COUNTRY HEALTHCARE, INC.FLAGSTAFFAZ$65,500
UNITED COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER-MARIA AUXILIADORA, INC.GREEN VALLEYAZ$65,500
MARANA HEALTH CENTER, INC.MARANAAZ$65,500
MARIPOSA COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER, INC.NOGALESAZ$65,500
CANYONLANDS COMMUNITY HEALTH CAREPAGEAZ$65,500
ADELANTE HEALTHCARE, INC.PHOENIXAZ$65,500
CIRCLE THE CITYPHOENIXAZ$65,500
MARICOPA COUNTY SPECIAL HEALTH CARE DISTRICTPHOENIXAZ$65,500
MOUNTAIN PARK HEALTH CENTERPHOENIXAZ$64,904
NATIVE HEALTHPHOENIXAZ$65,500
NEIGHBORHOOD OUTREACH ACCESS TO HEALTHPHOENIXAZ$65,500
TERROS INCPHOENIXAZ$65,500
VALLE DEL SOL, INC.PHOENIXAZ$65,500
WESLEY COMMUNITY CENTER INCPHOENIXAZ$65,500
YAVAPAI, COUNTY OFPRESCOTTAZ$65,500
SUNSET COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERSOMERTONAZ$65,500
TUBA CITY REGIONAL HEALTHCARE CORPORATIONTUBA CITYAZ$65,500
EL RIO SANTA CRUZ NEIGHBORHOOD HEALTH CETUCSONAZ$65,500