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Courtney Announces New Round of Over $1.7 Million in Federal Funding to Support COVID-19 Response Efforts in Willimantic and Norwich

April 7, 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 another round of federal grant funding totaling more than $1.7 million to two eastern Connecticut health centers in Willimantic and in Norwich for the purpose of aiding the response to COVID-19. The grants were awarded to Generations Family Health Center, Inc. in Willimantic and to United Community Health Center, Inc. in Norwich, and both were dispersed through the new “Health Center Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security” program, which was created by Congress through the bipartisan CARES Act (H.R. 748). Both centers operate satellite clinics throughout Windham and New London Counties.

 “This federal funding was authorized as part of the bipartisan CARES Act, which Congress passed ten days ago to help make sure that health care professionals – our frontline in the fight against COVID-19 – have the tools and resources they need to win,” said Congressman Courtney. “These federal grants mean more resources in their toolbox, and they’re flexible enough to suit the specific needs of our local health centers. From being used to train staff on infection control procedures, to conduct additional testing, to being put towards community-wide prevention efforts, there’s a lot that we can accomplish with these resources in eastern Connecticut. The community health providers and support staff at Generations Family Health Center and United Health Center are working harder than ever during this crisis, and Congress has got to keep working together to give them the support they need. We can never forget the heroic service that they and other health care professionals have provided to our communities.”

  A federal grant of $871,430 will be awarded to Generations Family Health Center in Willimantic, and a federal grant of $839,795 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 HHS’s “Health Center Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security” program, which provides one-time funding to support health centers to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19. For more information, including a list of examples for allowable uses of the funding, click here.

 The “Health Center Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security” program was authorized as a result of the House’s passage of the bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which Rep. Courtney voted to pass on March 27. The CARES Act is the third coronavirus assistance package meant to provide American families, workers, small businesses, and health care professionals with the resources they need amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The CARES Act also extends federally qualified health center funding authorities until the end of November 2020.

 On March 26, Courtney announced that both Generations Family Health Center, Inc. and United Community Health Center, Inc. were awarded with the first round of COVID-19 response funding when they received grant awards totaling over $120,000, collectively. That initial funding was awarded through HHS’s “Coronavirus Supplemental Funding for Health Centers” program, which 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.

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