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Courtney Announces New Federal Grant Awards to Support COVID-19 Response Efforts in Willimantic and Norwich

March 26, 2020
Press Release

NORWICH, CT – Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded two federal grants totaling $129,195 to two eastern Connecticut health centers for the purpose of aiding the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The federal grants were awarded to Generations Family Health Center, Inc. in Willimantic, which will receive $65,444 in federal funding, and to United Community Health Center, Inc. in Norwich, which receive an award of $63,751. The funds were dispersed through the HHS Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

“Our health care professionals are working on the front lines of this pandemic in health centers and clinics – they’re keeping our eastern Connecticut communities safe and healthy, and we’ve got to keep working together to support them,” said Congressman Courtney. “This federal grant program was authorized as part of Congress’s first bipartisan COVID-19 aid package, and these grant awards are another resource in our health centers’ toolbox – it allows them to immediately secure more resources to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19, from promoting community-wide prevention practices, to training staff, to purchasing more Personal Protective Equipment like N95 respirators and hand sanitizer for health care personnel. I am grateful for the hard work of Generations Family Health Center and United Community Health Center, and especially so during these challenging times. Congress needs to keep working together to provide these health care professionals with the tools they need to help our communities win the battle against this pandemic.”

A federal grant of $65,444 will be awarded to Generations Family Health Center in Willimantic, and a federal grant of $63,751 will be awarded to United Community Health Center Norwich. Both grants will be used as supplemental funding to aid in COVID-19 response, and were awarded through the HRSA’s “Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Coronavirus Supplemental Funding for Health Centers” program, which  provides one-time funding to support health centers in preventing, preparing for, and responding to coronavirus disease 2019.

The “FY 2020 Coronavirus Supplemental Funding for Health Centers” program was authorized as a result of the House’s first bipartisan supplemental funding package to curb the spread of COVID-19 (H.R. 6074), which Rep. Courtney voted to pass on March 4. For more information, including a list of examples for allowable uses of the funding, click here.

An additional $1.3 billion COVID-19-related federal aid is expected to be considered in the House of Representatives tomorrow morning as Rep. Courtney and his colleagues vote on a third bipartisan economic stabilization package in response to the Coronavirus. The aid package would also extend federally qualified health center authorities until the end of November 2020.