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Courtney Announces New Round of Federal Funding to Support Health Care Professionals Across New London and Windham Counties

April 17, 2020
Press Release

NORWICH, CT – Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) announced the award of another round of federal grant funding totaling more than $960,000 to two eastern Connecticut health centers that serve patients throughout New London and Windham Counties. The grants were awarded to United Community Health Center, Inc. in Norwich and to Generations Family Health Center, Inc. in Willimantic, and both were issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). 

Generations Family Health Center will receive a grant award of $42,750 through the newly authorized HHS Ryan White HIV/AIDS Part C EIS COVID-19 Response program, which was created following passage of the bipartisan CARES Act. United Community Health Center will receive $920,812 in federal funding through the HHS Health Center Program continuation award. 

“This federal funding is more important than ever – it’s good to see a new round of much-needed support coming in for our health care professionals, but Congress can’t delay in authorizing even more critical resources for our care centers and hospitals, small businesses and employers, and many more,” said Congressman Courtney. “This latest round of resources comes on the heels of last week’s announcement of more than $1.7 million in federal funding for health centers serving patients across Windham and New London Counties. I’ve been in constant touch with health care experts and leaders eastern Connecticut, and I know that while they welcome the new tools and resources, we’re going to need a lot more to keep the edge in the fight against COVID-19. Every single person at Generations Family Health Center and United Health Center, and across the health care sector, are working harder than ever during this crisis, and Congress has got to give them the long term support they need.” 

A federal grant of $42,750 will be awarded to Generations Family Health Center in Willimantic through the HHS Ryan White HIV/AIDS Part C EIS Covid-19 Response program. The new funding will support Generations’ ongoing efforts to provide excellent outpatient care to HIV/AIDS patients, and was authorized following the House’s passage of the bipartisan CARES Act (H.R. 748), which Rep. Courtney voted to pass on March 27. The CARES Act was meant to provide American families, workers, small businesses, and health care professionals with the resources they need amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and it also extended federally qualified health center funding authorities until the end of November. For more information about the program, which will help organizations to more effectively deliver HIV care and services throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, click here. 

A federal grant of $920,812 will be awarded to United Community Health Center Norwich through the HHS Health Resource and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Health Center Program continuation award. The federal Health Center Program provides funding to support affordable, accessible, quality and cost-effective primary health care services to more than 28 million Americans, and helps coordinate and integrate a wide range of medical, dental, mental health, substance abuse disorder, and patient support services.  

On March 26 and April 7, Courtney announced that both Generations Family Health Center, Inc. and United Community Health Center, Inc. were awarded with the first rounds of COVID-19 response funding when they received grant awards totaling over $1.8 million, collectively.  The initial grant funding was awarded through HHS’s Health Center Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security program, which was created through the bipartisan CARES Act, and through the Coronavirus Supplemental Funding for Health Centers program, which was created through 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.