Syracuse, NY— Today, U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24), announced $3.8 million in federal funding from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for Syracuse Community Health Center (SCHC), a Federally Qualified Health Center that serves more than 34,000 patients each year in Onondaga County. The grant was awarded by the Health Resource and Services Administration’s Health Center Cluster grant program and will support the continuation of SCHC’s services in Central New York.
“After advocating in Congress to support robust funding for Community Health Centers (CHC), I am proud today to announce that Syracuse Community Health Center has received $3.8 million in federal funding from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS),” said Rep. Katko. “Designed to serve individuals in underserved communities, CHCs like Syracuse Community Health Center provide comprehensive primary, dental, and mental healthcare to thousands of Central New Yorkers each year. Visiting with patients and healthcare providers from across our region, I recognize the importance of the services CHSs provide and in Congress I will continue working to ensure they have increased, long-term, and reliable funding.”
Last year, Rep. Katko urged the House Appropriations Committee to provide robust funding for the Health Center Program at the Health and Resources Services Administration, which supports CHCs. Following multiple short-term reauthorizations of the Community Health Center Fund, which is the predominant funding stream for CHCs, Rep. Katko cosponsored H.R. 2328, the Community Health Investment, Modernization, and Excellence Act of 2019. This legislation reauthorizes the Community Health Center Fund for five years and includes an increase of $200 million a year for the program, providing long-term stable funding for health centers.