Eight community health centers across Rhode Island get $33.5 million in COVID-19 response funds

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CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE)- President Joe Biden announced last week that $6 billion would be granted to 1,400 community health centers across the country. $33.5 million of that is going to eight community health centers in Rhode Island.

That money will be used to expand access to vaccines across the state, to reach underserved communities, and to support essential workers.

Members of the state’s Congressional delegation met on Monday to emphasize the aforementioned points.

Senator Jack Reed gave his thoughts on the funding, “We’ve got to boost vaccine delivery and expand access while eliminating barriers to health care and systemic disparities in the health system. This injection of federal funding will help community health centers across the state combat COVID-19, vaccinate more people, and deliver essential health services now and in the future.”

Congressman Jim Langevin stressed the importance of getting the vaccines to all communities, “Bringing vaccines, testing, and treatment directly into the neighborhoods that have been hit the hardest by the pandemic will make a real difference in these communities.”

Community health centers in Rhode Island set to receive federal funds include:

  • Blackstone Valley Community Health Care, Inc. (Pawtucket): $4 million
  • Comprehensive Community Action (Cranston): $3 million
  • East Bay Community Action Program (Newport): $2.4 million
  • Northwest Community Health Care (Pascoag): $2.8 million
  • Providence Community Health Centers (Providence): $9.7 million
  • Thundermist Health Center (Woonsocket): $8.4 million
  • Tri-County Community Action Agency (Johnston): $1.6 million
  • Wood River Health Services, Inc. (Hope Valley): $1.4 million

“Community health centers like CCAP are the lynchpin of Rhode Island’s public health efforts,” Congressman David Cicilline said.

©WLNE-TV/ABC6 2021

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