Community health centers serve over 19 million patients annually and 40% of those who use the facilities have no health insurance. Last week the Department of Health and Human Services announced awards of $727 million to 143 community health centers across the country to address pressing construction and renovation needs and expand access to quality health care. The Capital Development (CD) program grants, administered by HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), will support major construction and renovation over the next 5 years with over $11 billion in funding from the Affordable Care Act .
“Many of these community health centers need more modern space to meet the increasing patient demand for services. These funds will help community health centers build new facilities and modernize their current sites in their continuing effort to provide the best care possible to more and more people in need,” said HRSA Administrator Mary K. Wakefield,Ph.D., R.N.