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Rep. Courtney Announces $900,000 in Federal Funding for Eastern Connecticut Health Centers

September 20, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded federal grants totaling $900,000 to three eastern Connecticut health centers. Community Health Centers, Inc., First Choice Health Centers, and United Community & Family Services will each receive federal funding that will enable them to provide new and/or enhanced oral health services.

“Congratulations to each of these three health centers for earning these highly sought after federal grant dollars,” said Congressman Courtney. “It’s always good to see more federal resources coming home to our communities in eastern Connecticut, and I’ll keep working in Congress to make sure that the HRSA is well-supported so that more of our communities’ health centers are able to benefit from it.”

“UCFS is thrilled to be a recipient of the funds,” said Cara Westcott, Chief Operating Officer of United Community & Family Services. “This grant allows us to continue to provide quality dental care with state of the art equipment to over 7600 patients annually.”

Community Health Centers, First Choice Health Centers, and United Community & Family Services will each receive a federal grant award of $300,000 through HHS’s Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Each of the awards will focus specifically on oral health infrastructure and will enable these HRSA-funded health centers to provide new, or to enhance existing, oral health services. These are the first HRSA investments to focus solely on oral health infrastructure, and will support physical and organizational infrastructure investments for health centers, such as minor alteration and renovation to modernize existing facilities, purchase and installation of dental and radiology equipment, training and consultation to increase oral health integration, and purchase of mobile dental units to increase access to oral health care in hard-to-reach parts of communities. Click here to read more.