The dollars will be made available through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
These “Health Center Quality Improvement” funds are rewards for health care centers who have exceeded or met quality standards and patient care goals. The funds will support high-quality health centers across the state continue to increase access to comprehensive primary health care services and further invest in care for the communities and patients they serve.
Awards to North Country facilities are as follows:
- North Country Family Health Center, Inc. (Watertown) — $79,702
- Community Health Center of the North Country (Canton) — $124,840
- Hudson Headwaters Health Network (Glens Falls) — $234,486
“These critical federal investments will enable 61 community health centers throughout New York State, including 26 centers in Upstate New York alone, to improve healthcare access for the local community,” Senator Schumer said in a news release. “Specifically, this investment will enable high-quality health centers to increase access to primary care services for New Yorkers and build upon their already successful work to improve patient care-quality and reduce health disparities across New York State.”
“This is a major investment for New York,” added Senator Gillibrand. “High quality health care must be accessible throughout our communities. This grant will help local health care centers in our state meet demand and expand to provide new services. By hiring more trained staff members, these centers will work more efficiently and New Yorkers will get the quality care they need.”
For the Community Health Center of the North Country, this funding follows a $3.4 million grant last month from New York’s Health Care Facility Transformation Program.
Community Health Center of the North Country provides affordable and comprehensive healthcare to all residents across the North Country regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. An emphasis is placed on accessibility for low income, medically under-served individuals, and people with disabilities. Federally Qualified Health Centers are currently located in Canton, Gouverneur, and Malone. A new Ogdensburg health center is slated to open in the later half of 2018.