Brown Announces More Than $24 Million in Funds for Community Health Centers in Ohio

Funds Will Support Construction, New Technology at Health Centers in Butler, Franklin, Clermont and Morgan Counties

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that the four Ohio community health centers have been awarded a combined $24.8 million for facility improvement and new technology. These federal funds, made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, were allocated through the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Community Health Center Facility Investment Program.

“These funds will help expand Ohioans’ access to medical care while creating jobs,” Brown said. “By funding construction and new technology at community health centers, we will lower costs, improve health infrastructure, and address important human needs.”

The Community Health Centers Facility Investment Program provides grants that support the construction, repair, and renovation of health center sites. Grants can also be used to purchase new equipment or health information technology systems that improve medical care and lower costs.

“OACHC is overjoyed by the news but recognizes that this award is also a reflection of the need for access to quality primary care in many areas of Ohio,” said Shawn Frick, President and CEO Ohio Association of Community Health Centers. “These funds will be used to not only build health care facilities but improve the quality of life for the communities we serve. Ohio’s Community Health Centers are prepared to move forward to continue to meet the needs of our existing patients and continue to reach out to new underserved communities.”

Brown, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee, is a leading voice in Congress on health care issues. In 2009, Brown helped pass the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009, which maintains or expands access to health insurance for 11 million children nationwide. By introducing the Coverage Continuity Act of 2009, Brown also fought successfully to ensure that the Recovery Act made health insurance more affordable for unemployed workers. He is now the lead sponsor of legislation that would expand and extend the temporary COBRA subsidy that helps unemployed workers afford health coverage.

Below is a list of Ohio health centers receiving funds:


Health Center

County

Award Amount

Butler County Community Health Consortium, Inc

Butler

$4,669,197

 

Capital Park Family Health Center

Franklin

$4,417,688

 

Healthsource of Ohio, Inc.

Clermont

 

$9,764,690

 

Muskingum Valley Health Centers, Inc.

Morgan

$5,997,980

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