Local Health Center to Receive American Rescue Plan funding for Coronavirus Response

Officials with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on Thursday that a health center in Scott County is one of twenty-eight in the state to receive part of the $124,293,750 in American Rescue Plan funding to support coronavirus vaccinations and services for vulnerable populations. The funding will be awarded next month by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Southeast Missouri Health Network in Benton will receive a total of$3,152,750 in funding. The only other Southeast Missouri health center among the twenty-eight across the state to receive funding was Cross Trails Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, which will receive $2,739,250. These health centers will be able to utilize the funding to support and expand coronavirus vaccination, testing, and treatment for populations that are venerable; deliver needed preventive and primary health care services to individuals at higher risk for the coronavirus; and expand health centers’ operational capacity during and after COVID 19. This includes making modifications and improving physical infrastructure and adding mobile units. The investment will assist in increasing access to vaccinations among populations that were hit hard, as well as confidence in the vaccine by empowering local, trusted health professionals in their efforts to expand vaccinations.



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