NEW YORK’S COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS AWARDED NEARLY $7.5 MILLION IN GRANTS FROM FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO SUPPORT CONTINUED QUALITY IMPROVEMENT, EFFECTIVENESS, AND EFFICIENCY
Funding is Part of $125 Million from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration Awarded to Health Centers Nationwide
The Community Health Care Association of New York State today announced that New York’s community health centers are the recipients of nearly $7.5 million dollars in federal grant funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The funding will be used to continue to improve quality, efficiency, and the effectiveness of healthcare delivery in the communities they serve. The average award in New York State was $118,900 – about 30% higher than the average award to health centers outside of the Empire State.
“CHCANYS is proud of the work our health centers do each day to ensure that everyone in New York State has access to high-quality, affordable primary care, regardless of whether they have insurance or what they can afford to pay,” said CHCANYS President and CEO Rose Duhan. “We know our health centers are doing incredible work – and the awards they have received show that their work is not going unnoticed at the national level.”
HRSA’s Quality Improvement grant awards promote continued community health center improvements in the following categories: Expanding access to comprehensive care, improving care quality and outcomes, increasing comprehensive care delivery in a cost-effective way, addressing health disparities, advancing the use of health information technology, and delivering patient-centered care.
All of the New York State awardees received awards in multiple categories, and at least 18 health centers received awards in at least six of the nine HRSA categories. The Charles B. Wang Community Health Center received awards in eight of the nine HRSA categories, including the prestigious designation as one of only 36 National Quality Leaders. This is the third consecutive year that Charles B. Wang Community Health Center has received that most-exclusive of the annual HRSA quality improvement awards. A full list of all of the awards given to each health center in New York State can be found here.
This announcement comes during National Health Center Week, the annual celebration that highlights the critical role community health centers play in providing high-quality, affordable, primary health care. Visit our Facebook album to see photos of many New York State Health Center Week events, or follow us on Twitter.
Federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) are not-for-profit, community-based providers that provide high quality, cost-effective, patient-centered primary and preventive health services to anyone seeking care, regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay. FQHCs are medical homes, offering a comprehensive model of care that is associated with demonstrated improved outcomes and reduced costs. Serving 2.3 million New Yorkers at nearly 800 sites statewide, New York State’s 70 FQHCs form an extensive primary care network that is central to the health care safety net.
CHCANYS’ mission is to ensure that all New Yorkers, including those who live in medically underserved communities, have continuous access to high quality community-based health care services, including a primary care home. CHCANYS serves as the voice of community health centers as leading providers of primary health care in New York State. For more information, visit www.chcanys.org, or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.