MASSACHUSETTS’ SECOND DISTRICT – Today, U.S. Representative James P. McGovern (MA-02) announced that three community health centers in Massachusetts’ Second Congressional District will receive a total of $12.9 million in American Rescue Plan funding to expand their COVID-19 vaccination and treatment operations. The resources are part of President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, which invests $6 billion nationwide to expand access to vaccines in underserved communities. Through the American Rescue Plan, 37 community health centers throughout Massachusetts will receive a total of $144,350,625.
The federal community health centers receiving funds are:
- Greenfield – Community Health Center of Franklin County: $1,654,250
- Worcester – Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center: $6,287,125
- Worcester – Family Health Center Of Worcester: $5,021,125
“Community health centers play a vital role when it comes to expanding justice and equity in our healthcare system, and that’s never been clearer than in the vital role they have played in responding to COVID-19,” said Rep. McGovern. “More help is on the way through the American Rescue Plan so they can redouble their efforts to get more shots in arms, support underserved and vulnerable populations that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, and save more lives during this pandemic.”
The health centers can use the funding to expand COVID-19 vaccinations, testing and treatment for vulnerable populations; deliver preventive and primary health care services to people at higher risk for COVID-19; and expand health centers’ operational capacity during the pandemic and beyond, including modifying and improving physical infrastructure and adding mobile units.