Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded $9,645,539 to 32 community health centers in Georgia that were impacted by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Capital Assistance for Hurricane Response and Recovery Efforts (CARE) funding will help ensure continued access to quality primary health care services at community health centers in Georgia affected by the hurricanes. Diversity Health Center in Hinesville received $258,351.
“Health centers serve as lifelines to services and networks of
resources in their communities every day, and especially during a crisis,” said
HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “These grants build on other HHS investments to ensure
that health centers can continue to serve communities impacted by Hurricanes
Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and strengthen their readiness to respond to the needs
of the community after future hurricanes or other disasters.”
This funding was made available by the Bipartisan Budget Act, signed by President Trump in February of this year. CARE offers capital assistance and support for minor alteration, renovation and equipment costs to assist impacted HRSA-funded health centers providing services in Georgia.
“In the aftermath of the hurricanes, we granted affected health centers flexibility in the use of HRSA funds to ensure continuity of services and assist in recovery efforts,” said HRSA Administrator George Sigounas, MS, Ph.D. “This funding is the latest in HRSA’s efforts to support these communities as they continue to recover.”
In total, HRSA awarded nearly $60 million to health centers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, South Carolina and Texas as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
For more than 50 years, health centers have delivered affordable, accessible, quality and cost-effective primary health care services to patients. Today, nearly 1,400 health centers operate more than 11,000 service delivery sites nationwide.