WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will be releasing more than $3.2 million to help Ohio community health centers keep Ohioans healthy and safe in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Brown helped secure the funding in a package passed by Congress earlier this month.
- The funding was awarded to 51 community health centers across Ohio. A list of the centers in Ohio that received funding can be found HERE.
“Ohio community health centers and healthcare workers are on the frontlines of this pandemic, and we need to ensure they have the resources they need to keep Ohioans healthy and safe,” said Brown. “This funding is a good first step, but as I continue talking to healthcare workers across the state, I know more needs to be done. I’m committed to working with my colleagues in Congress to get our health officials the support and supplies that they need, and to ensuring a long-term funding solution for community health centers.”
Brown helped secure at least $15.6 million for Ohio in the Supplemental Coronavirus Spending bill that Congress passed earlier this month. This funding for community health centers is in addition to the $15.6 million that has already gone to Ohio to assist with preparedness. The Trump administration initially only requested $1.25 billion in new money, all for federal agencies and nothing for states and local governments. Brown worked with his colleagues to ensure Ohio and local communities around the state have the funding they need to prevent and manage any potential cases of the coronavirus.