$11 Million in Federal Funds to L.A. Clinics

Posted: March 27, 2009

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) granted over $11 million to expand services offered at community health centers in Los Angeles County. The money was made available by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and comes as more Americans join the ranks of the uninsured.

“More Americans are losing their health insurance and turning to health centers for care,” said Health Resources and Services Administrator (HRSA) Mary Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N. “These grants will aid centers in their efforts to provide care to an increasing number of patients during the economic downturn.”

The Increased Demand for Services (IDS) grants were awarded to 28 community health centers in Los Angeles County, and the awards ranged from $100,000 to $1.2 million to be used over the next two years. Nationwide, HHS granted $338 million to 1,128 federally qualified health centers. Grantees submitted plans explaining how IDS funds would be used and strategies to expand services may include, but are not limited to, adding new providers, expanding hours of operations or expanding services.

“With over 2 million of its 10 million residents without health insurance, Los Angeles County already has one of the highest rates of uninsured residents in the U.S.,” said Gloria Rodriguez, President and CEO of the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC). “Needless to say, these federal dollars offer a welcome relief as clinics provide care for the increasing number of patients seen during this difficult economic time.”

The IDS awards are the second set of community clinic grants provided through the Recovery Act. On March 2, President Obama announced grant money worth $155 million dollars for new health centers nationwide. Health centers in Los Angeles County received $9.1 million of these funds for new sites.

Below are the Federally Qualified Health Centers in Los Angeles County that were awarded IDS grants:

NORTHEAST COMMUNITY CLINIC, INC: $100,000

EL PROYECTO DEL BARRIO, INC.: $412,677

ALL FOR HEALTH, HEALTH FOR ALL: $100,000

CHILDREN’S CLINIC SERVING CHILDREN & THEIR FAMILIES: $338,451

WATTS HEALTHCARE CORPORATION: $512,506

SOUTH CENTRAL FAMILY HEALTH CENTER: $302,871

CHINATOWN SERVICE CENTER LOS ANGELES: $192,223

LOS ANGELES CHRISTIAN HEALTH CENTERS: $207,925

EISNER PEDIATRIC & FAMILY MEDICAL CENTER: $425,678

JWCH INSTITUTE, INC.: $447,432

ASIAN PACIFIC HEALTH CARE VENTURE: $355,692

FRANCISCAN CLINICS, DBA

QUEENSCARE FAMILY CLINIC: $789,921

ST. JOHNS WELL CHILD & FAMILY CENTER: $734,176

ALTA MED HEALTH SERVICES CORPORATION: $802,645

ARROYO VISTA FAMILY HEALTH CENTER: $459,070

UNIVERSITY MUSLIM MEDICAL ASSOCIATION COMMUNITY CLINIC: $133,595

CLINICA MONSENOR OSCAR A. ROMERO: $394,692

T.H.E. CLINIC, INC. LOS ANGELES: $236,272

FAMILY HEALTH CARE CENTERS OF GREATER LOS ANGELES: $100,000

COMPREHENSIVE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS, INC.: $444,749

MISSION CITY COMMUNITY NETWORK, INC.: $221,938

VALLEY COMMUNITY CLINIC: $406,317

COMMUNITY HEALTH ALLIANCE OF PASADENA: $222,403

NORTHEAST VALLEY HEALTH CORPORATION: $1,215,388

WESTSIDE FAMILY HEALTH CENTER: $289,966

SOUTH BAY FAMILY HEALTHCARE CENTER: $451,502

VENICE FAMILY CLINIC: $124,430

EAST VALLEY COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER: $739,205

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