$4,683,125 for Syracuse Community Health Center as Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $400 Million In Federal Funding For 63 Community Health Centers Across New York State


Emergency Funding for CHCs Will Be Critical for Next Phase of Vaccinations in NYS

 Schumer, Gillibrand Successfully Fought for CHC Funding in American Rescue Plan

 HHS to Award Funding Starting in April

Washington, DC – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $396,801,375 in emergency federal funding for 63 community health centers (CHCs) across New York State. These funds, provided in the American Rescue Plan, will give New York’s CHCs the support needed to expand COVID-19 vaccination, testing, and treatment for underserved populations. CHCs are on the frontline of health care in the United States, particularly in rural and underserved areas, and provide a critical health care safety net during times of crisis. Throughout the pandemic, these health centers have provided their communities with testing, tracing, vaccine preparedness, and other health services.

“New York’s Community Health Centers are a cornerstone of the state’s healthcare system and have been our frontline armor in the battle against COVID-19, especially in underserved and disadvantaged communities where COVID hit the hardest,” said Senator Schumer. “This critical federal investment, that I fought to secure in the American Rescue Plan, will help Community Health Centers maintain their vital operations, providing health care to those at high risk of contracting COVID-19, and continuing to administer vaccines to as many New Yorkers as possible.”

“In the midst of this global pandemic, people across New York are turning to Community Health Centers for affordable primary and preventative health care,” said Senator Gillibrand. “CHCs provide a wide-range of services to some of our most underserved populations and this funding will help address the pandemic challenge and the health disparities it has exacerbated within our communities and ensure these centers can continue providing quality care to every New York community. Due to strained financial resources, hundreds of these vital centers have been faced with closure when health care services are needed more than ever. I am proud to have fought and helped secured this funding in the American Rescue Plan, and I will continue fighting to provide CHCs with the critical resources they need to thrive.

Every American should have the security of knowing they have access to quality, affordable health care, especially as we face a pandemic that has exposed the disparities facing rural, minority, and lower- income communities,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. “The Biden Administration is committed to getting help to those who need it most, and the communities hit hardest by COVID-19 will benefit from these critical investments.”

SCHC COVID 19 Testing May 9 2020

Earlier this year, Senator Gillibrand fought for billions in funding for CHCs and helped successfully secured $7.66 billion in the American Rescue Plan to help CHCS prepare for and respond to public health crises. CHCs provide affordable primary and preventative health care to the most vulnerable and underserved communities. Over 30 million patients, including almost 400,000 veterans and almost 9 million children, receive quality medical, dental, vision, and behavioral health care services from a CHC. CHCs employ over 250,000 full-time employees nationally, produce nearly $63.5 billion in economic activity, and save our health care system more than $24 billion per year (facts and figures prior to the pandemic). CHCs also help people access healthy food, safe housing, and affordable transportation. In the midst of the addiction epidemic, CHCs are well-positioned providers of substance use disorder and mental health treatment in communities. Services provided by CHCs help patients avoid unnecessary trips to the emergency room and reduce health disparities in our communities.

Distribution of funding will begin in April through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). HRSA-funded health centers are community-based and patient-directed organizations that deliver affordable, accessible, quality, and cost-effective primary health care to high-need urban, rural, and frontier communities across the country. Health centers serve 1 in 5 people living in rural communities, and 1 in 11 people nationwide. More than 91% of health center patients are individuals or families living at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, and nearly 63% are racial or ethnic minorities.

Specifically, this funding will

  • Deliver needed preventive and primary health care services to those at higher risk for COVID-19;
  • Expand CHC operational capacity during the pandemic and beyond, including modifying and improving physical infrastructure and adding mobile units.

 

Central New York
Recipient
City
County
Award Amount
East Hill Family Medical Inc
Auburn
Cayuga County
$1,575,500
Syracuse Community Health Center, Inc.
Syracuse
Onondaga County
$4,683,125
Upstate Family Health Center, Inc.
Utica
Oneida County
$1,296,000
Family Health Network of Central New York, Inc.
Homer
Cortland County
$2,687,000
Northern Oswego County Health Services, Inc
Pulaski
Oswego County
$4,190,875