More than $1.3 billion in funding has been allocated to health centers throughout the United States with more than $10 million allocated to Arkansas.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded 12 health centers in Arkansas a combined total of $10,559,850 to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic in their communities.
Two Arkansas health centers received more than $1 million. These centers include AR Care and St. Francis House NWA, Inc. The remaining 10 health centers received between $550,000 and $903,000.
This funding is part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law on March 27 by President Donald Trump. Health centers can use the funding to improve their ability to “detect, prevent, diagnose and treat COVID-19,” as well as add or maintain their staff or capacity.
“This new funding secured by President Trump will help our community health centers continue the work they’re doing on the ground against the coronavirus,” HHS Secretary Alex Azar said in a statement. “HRSA-funded health centers are already playing a critical role by delivering essential services, serving as community testing and screening sites, and alleviating burdens on our nation’s emergency rooms and hospitals. HHS will continue bringing every resource we have to support heroic healthcare workers across the diverse settings health centers serve, from our cities to our rural towns.”
Arkansas’ congressional delegation – comprised of Sen. John Boozman, Sen. Tom Cotton, Rep. Rick Crawford, Rep. French Hill, Rep. Steve Womack and Rep. Bruce Westerman – released a statement in support of the funding’s release. “These health centers will be vital to our efforts to successfully respond to the coronavirus outbreak, particularly in our rural communities. We appreciate how swiftly Secretary Alex Azar acted to award these grants so that we can immediately get these much-needed resources to our frontline defenders,” the delegation said.
The full list of Arkansas health centers that received funding is below:
- 1st Choice Healthcare, Inc. – Corning – $851,165
- AR CARE – Augusta – $1,716,035
- Boston Mountain Rural Health Center, Inc. – Marshall – $865,895
- Cabun Rural Health Services, Inc. – Hampton – $662,465
- East Arkansas Family Health Center – West Memphis – $902,690
- Healthy Connections, Inc. – Mena – $738,380
- Jefferson Comprehensive Care System, Inc. – Pine Bluff – $676,730
- Lee County Cooperative Clinic – Marianna – $558,620
- Mainline Health Systems, Inc. – Portland – $784,805
- Mid-Delta Health Systems, Inc. – Clarendon – $557,180
- River Valley Primary Care Services – Ratcliff – $829,670
- Francis House NWA, Inc. – Springdale – $1,446,215