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Local health centers react to COVID-19 grants

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(WSIL) -- Community health centers throughout Illinois are now getting new funds from the CARE Act to help with their COVID-19 response.

Forty-five centers around the state are expected to share $52 million.

The coronavirus stimulus package provides much-needed funding for health centers to continue serving the community.

"It's a major relief. As the CEO, I'm looking at our budget everyday. I'm looking at how is this impacting our organization as a whole," said Shawnee Health Service CEO Patsy Jensen.

Shawnee Health Service in Carterville was glad to receive a $1 million grant, as well as Rural Health Inc. in Anna, who received over $750,000.

"When we heard that we were going to get monies form the stimulus packages, we were very excited because not only will it help keep employees, with the job, it will help us be able to make our place safer," said Rural Health Inc. CEO Cindy Flamm.

Both CEOs say the grant will help acquire medical supplies, improve telehealth services and fight the COVID-19 spread.

"Right now, we're setting up tents in our driveway, and those tents are staffed with registered nurses who are going to be performing COVID-19 screening," said Jensen.

"Going forward, we hope to be able to get some antibody test kits so we test individuals to assist in who's got antibodies and who doesn't," said Flamm.

The CEOs say, despite the pandemic, their facilities will be there to support everyone.

"The underserved, those individuals who are uninsured, we are there to offer medical treatment to all these individuals," said Flamm.

"Our staff's equipped to help people get the resources they need, whether it's healthcare, or social services, or food, or other things they may need," said Jensen.

Here's a list of recipients:

Access Community Health Network (Chicago): $4,241,405
Alivio Medical Center (Chicago): $1,145,270
Asian Human Services Family Health Center (Chicago): $895,370
Aunt Martha's Health and Wellness, Inc (Olympia Fields): $1,861,895
Cass County (Virginia): $583,430
Central Counties Health Centers, Inc. (Springfield): $841,445
Chestnut Health Systems (Bloomington): $569,225
Chicago Department of Health (Chicago): $1,712,084
Chicago Family Health Center, Inc. (Chicago): $1,236,695
Christian Community Health Center (Chicago): $784,385
Christopher Rural Health Planning Corp (Christopher): $1,247,930
Community Health & Emergency Services, Inc (Cairo): $878,615
Community Health Improvement Center (Decatur): $850,865
Community Health Partnership of Illinois (Chicago): $869,390
Crusaders Central Clinic Association (Rockford): $1,616,360
Erie Family Health Center (Chicago): $2,265,530
Esperanza Health Centers (Chicago): $1,081,430
Family Christian Health Center (Harvey): $834,950
Friend Family Health Center (Chicago): $1,171,760
Greater Elgin Family Care Center (Elgin): $1,770,230
Hamdard Center for Health and Human Services NFP (Addison): $564,335
Heartland Alliance Health (Chicago): $748,625
Heartland Community Health Clinic (Peoria): $890,420
Heartland International Health Centers (Chicago): $1,147,910
Henderson County Rural Health Center (Oquawka): $580,820
Howard Brown Health Center (Chicago): $1,077,350
Inner City Muslim Action Network (Chicago): $563,000
Knox County (Galesburg): $592,520
Lake County (Waukegan): $1,490,120
Lawndale Christian Health Center (Chicago): $1,739,540
Macoupin County (Carlinville): $652,715
Near North Health Service Corporation (Chicago): $1,445,270
PCC Community Wellness Center (Oak Park): $1,398,335
Pillars Community Health (La Grange): $616,385
Primecare Community Health, Inc. (Chicago): $921,185
Promise Healthcare NFP (Champaign): $788,915
Rural Health Inc. (Anna): $761,120
Shawnee Health Service And Development Corporation (Carterville): $1,063,805
Southern Illinois Health Care Foundation, Inc. (East St. Louis): $2,311,505
Southern Illinois University (Springfield): $1,040,210
TCA Health, Inc. (Chicago): $671,555
University of Illinois (Chicago): $1,250,705
VNA Health Care (Aurora): $2,356,655
Whiteside County (Rock Falls): $771,800
Will County Community Health Center (Joliet): $793,985

Southern Illinois health centers receive federal funds to combat COVID-19

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Maya Skinner is a Multimedia Journalist at News 3 WSIL. Maya joined the team in 2019 and graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2018 with a Bachelor’s in Communication with a focus in Mass Media.

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