143 community health centers throughout the USA will receive awards worth $727 million, the aim will be to enhance quality health care access, construction and renovation, HHS (Department of Health and Human Services) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced. These funds, a result of the new Affordable Care Act, are said to be the first of several forthcoming awards. 40% of the 19 million patients served by community health centers have no health care coverage; they deliver primary care and preventive services at over 7,900 places across the nation, irrespective of an individual's ability to pay. Service charges correlate to patients' incomes.

Secretary Sebelius, said:

There is no question that the economic downturn has made it harder for some Americans to get health care and important preventive services. Community Health Centers provide quality healthcare services to Americans across the country but are a life line for those who have lost coverage or are between jobs. These funds from the Affordable Care Act will help get more people care in some communities where there have not been many options in the past. The newly constructed or expanded community health centers will provide care to an additional 745,000 patients and much needed employment opportunities in both rural and urban underserved communities.

The HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration), part of the HSS, is awarding CD (Capital Development) grants for construction and renovation projects at 143 community health centers, adding another $2 billion in investment in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Click here to view a state-by-state list of Recovery Act investments in community health centers.

HRSA Administrator Mary K. Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N., said:

Many of these community health centers need more modern space to meet the increasing patient demand for services. These funds will help community health centers build new facilities and modernize their current sites in their continuing effort to provide the best care possible to more and more people in need.

$11 billion will be provided for the expansion, construction and operation of community health centers across America by the Affordable Care Act, Sibelius added, which will help community health centers serve almost twice as many people, regardless of whether they have health coverage or are unable to pay.

HRSA's Community Health Center Program .

Below is a list of awards by state:
  • Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center, Anchorage AK $8,000,000.00
  • Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consort, Juneau AK $1,299,147.00
  • Southeast Alabama Rural Health Associates, Troy AL $2,630,029.00
  • Whatley Health Services, Inc, Tuscaloosa AL $2,455,784.00
  • Mid-Delta Health Systems, Inc., Clarendon AR $2,863,216.00
  • Marana Health Center, Marana AZ $8,901,497.00
  • Mountain Park Health Center, Phoenix AZ $5,935,066.00
  • Open Door Community Health Centers, Arcata CA $9,851,133.00
  • Mountain Valleys Health Centers, Inc., Bieber CA $3,305,571.00
  • Borrego Community Health Foundation, Borrego Springs CA $7,216,187.00
  • Mendocino Coast Clinics, Inc., Fort Bragg CA $2,579,838.00
  • Asian Pacific Health Care Venture, Los Angeles CA $2,922,508.00
  • T.H.E. Clinic, Inc., Los Angeles CA $1,559,000.00
  • Eisner Pediatric and Family Medical Center, Los Angeles CA $6,056,616.00
  • St. Johns Well Child and Family Center, Los Angeles CA $9,482,804.00
  • Community Health Centers/Central Coasts, Nipomo CA $7,534,383.00
  • Asian Health Services, Oakland CA $5,112,131.00
  • United Health Centers of San Joaquin Valley, Inc., Parlier CA $7,006,880.00
  • Hill Country Community Clinic, Inc., Round Mountain CA $1,408,808.00
  • The Effort, Sacramento CA $500,000.00
  • Inland Behavioral and Health Services, Inc., San Bernardino CA $999,500.00
  • Family Health Centers of San Diego, Inc., San Diego CA $12,000,000.00
  • South of Market Health Center, San Francisco CA $4,159,694.00
  • Mendocino Community Health Clinic, Inc., Ukiah CA $4,968,447.00
  • Del Norte Clinics, Inc., Yuba City CA $4,863,202.00
  • Valley-Wide Health Systems, Inc., Alamosa CO $4,625,000.00
  • Metro Community Provider Network, Englewood CO $10,247,940.00
  • Clinica Campesina Family Health Services, Lafayette CO $3,785,700.00
  • Southwest Community Health Center, Bridgeport CT $5,370,855.00
  • Community Health Center, Inc., Middletown CT $7,000,000.00
  • Fair Haven Community Health Clinic, Inc., New Haven CT $990,000.00
  • Generations Family Health Center, Inc., Willimantic CT $5,000,000.00
  • Community of Hope, Washington DC $6,250,000.00
  • North Broward Hospital District, Fort Lauderdale FL $2,892,397.00
  • Osceola County Health Department, Kissimmee FL $8,313,858.00
  • North Florida Medical Centers, Inc., Tallahassee FL $2,752,713.00
  • Trenton Medical Center, Inc., Trenton FL $497,053.00
  • Valley Healthcare System, Inc., Columbus GA $6,225,263.00
  • Community Health Care Systems, Inc., Wrightsville GA $1,923,337.00
  • The Bay Clinic, Inc., Hilo HI $2,372,970.00
  • Waianae District Comp Health & Hospital Board, Inc., Waianae HI $7,929,695.00
  • Community Health Care, Inc., Davenport IA $9,637,646.00
  • Valley Family Health Care, Inc., Payette ID $3,170,119.00
  • Benewah Medical Center, Plummer ID $11,819,382.00
  • Community Health and Emergency Services, Inc., Carbondale IL $5,151,895.00
  • Chicago Family Health Center, Inc., Chicago IL $6,257,249.00
  • The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois, Chicago IL $12,000,000.00
  • Christian Community Health Center, Chicago IL $4,608,006.00
  • Beloved Community Family Wellness Center, Chicago IL $2,229,815.00
  • Near North Health Service Corporation, Chicago IL $4,000,000.00
  • Henderson County Rural Health Center, Inc., Oquawka IL $1,067,669.00
  • Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation, Sauget IL $10,324,862.00
  • Neighborhood Health Clinic, Inc., Fort Wayne IN $6,735,711.00
  • Riggs Community Health Center, Inc., Lafayette IN $3,550,000.00
  • Open Door/BMH Health Center, Inc., Muncie IN $6,078,544.00
  • University of Kentucky Research Foundation, Lexington KY $11,461,503.00
  • Lexington-Fayette County Health Departmen, tLexington KY $11,749,172.00
  • Park Duvalle Community Health Center, Inc., Louisville KY $300,000.00
  • Teche Action Board Inc., Franklin LA $4,789,913.00
  • Southwest Louisiana Center for Health Services, Lake Charles LA $4,110,709.00
  • Brockton Neighborhood Health Center, Brockton MA $11,355,854.00
  • Codman Square Health Center, Dorchester Center MA $7,950,000.00
  • Duffy Health Center, Inc., Hyannis MA $461,991.00
  • Lynn Community Health Center, Inc., Lynn MA $6,936,311.00
  • Community Health Center of Cape Cod, Inc., Mashpee MA $6,000,000.00
  • Outer Cape Health Services, Inc., Orleans MA $3,619,349.00
  • North Shore Community Health, Inc., Salem MA $750,000.00
  • Great Brook Valley Health Center, Worcester MA $6,400,000.00
  • West Cecil Health Center, Inc., Conowingo MD $3,281,870.00
  • Penobscot Community Health Center, Inc., Bangor ME $2,117,731.00
  • Katahdin Valley Health Center, Patten ME $2,934,399.00
  • Cherry Street Services, Grand Rapids MI $5,944,394.00
  • Center for Family Health, Inc., Jackson MI $3,400,000.00
  • Family Health Center, Inc., Kalamazoo MI $9,358,053.00
  • Big Springs Medical Association dba Missouri Highland Health Care, Ellington MO $2,024,825.00
  • Samuel U. Rodgers Community Health Center, Kansas City MO $8,227,776.00
  • Northeast Missouri Health Council, Inc. Kirksville MO $3,823,295.00
  • Grace Hill Neighborhood Health Centers, Inc., Saint Louis MO $2,147,821.00
  • Katy Trail Community Health, Sedalia MO $2,987,142.00
  • Crider Health Center, Inc., Wentzville MO $5,099,682.00
  • Coastal Family Health Center, Inc., Biloxi MS $1,607,563.00
  • Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center Inc., Ahoskie NC $6,224,395.00
  • Blue Ridge Community Health Services, Hendersonville NC $5,000,000.00
  • First Choice Community Health Centers, Mamers NC $3,500,000.00
  • Metropolitan Community Health Services, Inc., Washington NC $4,467,018.00
  • One World Community Health Centers, Omaha NE $8,961,899.00
  • Atlanticare Health ServicesEgg, Harbor Township NJ $4,580,000.00
  • Lakewood Resource and Referral Center, Inc., Lakewood NJ $3,423,403.00
  • First Choice Community Healthcare, Inc., Albuquerque NM $8,153,989.00
  • Ben Archer Health Center, Hatch NM $5,778,210.00
  • La Clinica de Familia, Inc.Las Cruces NM $3,786,635.00
  • Hidalgo Medical Services, Lordsburg NM $8,715,094.00
  • Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center, Inc., Brooklyn NY $1,500,000.00
  • Cerebral Palsy Association of the North Country, Canton NY $1,576,898.00
  • Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health CenterMt Vernon NY $12,000,000.00
  • Betances Health Center New York NY $1,393,303.00
  • East Harlem Council for Human Services, Inc., New York NY $12,000,000.00
  • The Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center, Inc., Newburgh NY $1,588,385.00
  • Family Healthcare, Inc., Chillicothe OH $2,645,622.00
  • Lorain County Health and Dentistry, Lorain OH $6,607,548.00
  • Rocking Horse Center, Springfield OH $6,000,000.00
  • Community Health Connection, Inc., Tulsa OK $4,626,307.00
  • Columbia River Community Health Services, Boardman OR $2,370,178.00
  • Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center, Cornelius OR $12,000,000.00
  • Lane CountyEugene OR $4,920,023.00
  • La Clinica del Carino, Hood River OR $5,859,886.00
  • Community Health Center, Inc., Medford OR $1,877,872.00
  • La Clinica del Valle Family Health, Medford OR $2,965,000.00
  • Waterfall Clinic, Inc., North Bend OR $1,398,625.00
  • Camuy Health Services, Inc., Camuy PR $3,667,490.00
  • Concilio se Salud Integral de Loiza, Inc., Loiza PR $1,172,440.00
  • Junta Del Centro de Salud Comunal, San Juan PR $11,493,001.00
  • Comprehensive Community Action, Inc., Cranston RI $1,089,250.00
  • East Bay Community Action Program, Newport RI $2,999,136.00
  • Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department, Chattanooga TN $2,702,776.00
  • Tennessee State Department of Health, Cookeville TN $4,495,730.00
  • East Tennessee State University, Johnson City TN $6,894,303.00
  • Perry County Medical Center, Inc., Linden TN $1,455,603.00
  • Rural Health Services Consortium, Rogersville TN $8,873,130.00
  • Travis County Healthcare District, Austin TX $12,000,000.00
  • Barrio Comprehensive Family Health Care Center, Inc., San Antonio TX $3,518,200.00
  • Community Health Development, Inc., Uvalde TX $2,289,197.00
  • Midtown Community Health Center, OgdenUT $3,570,207.00
  • Harrisonburg Community Health Center, Inc., Harrisonburg VA $2,076,215.00
  • Loudoun Community Health Center, Leesburg VA $8,715,090.00
  • Eastern Shore Rural Health System, Inc., Nassawadox VA $4,929,000.00
  • Central Virginia Health ServicesNew, Canton VA $3,548,776.00
  • Kuumba Community Health and Wellness Center, Roanoke VA $10,657,450.00
  • Northeast Washington County Community Health, Inc. dba The Health Center, Plainfield VT $988,700.00
  • Richford Health Center, Inc., Richford VT $850,000.00
  • Springfield Medical Care Systems, Inc., Springfield VT $2,500,000.00
  • Interfaith Community Health Center, Bellingham WA $1,073,919.00
  • Healthpoint, Renton WA $6,838,464.00
  • Community Health Care, Tacoma WA $12,000,000.00
  • Yakima Valley Farmworkers Clinic, Toppenish WA $12,000,000.00
  • Kenosha Community Health Center, Inc., Kenosha WI $2,851,204.00
  • 16th Street Community Health Center, Inc., Milwaukee WI $2,625,615.00
  • Monongahela Valley Association of Health Centers, Inc., Fairmont WV $3,892,450.00
  • Pendleton Community Care, Franklin WV $1,278,632.00
  • Preston-Taylor Community Health Centers, Inc ., Grafton WV $1,179,700.00
  • Lincoln County Primary Care Center, Hamlin WV $3,478,347.00
  • Valley Health Systems, Inc., Huntington WV $8,760,833.00
  • Community Health Center of Central Wyoming, Casper WY $11,873,228.00

    TOTAL: $727,516,849.00
Source: HHS

Written by Christian Nordqvist