Knoxville among health award winners

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell has announced $169 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 266 new health center sites in 46 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico for the delivery of comprehensive primary health care services in communities that need them most. This month Tennessee received 3 awards totaling $2,175,838 to serve a proposed 19,378 new patients.

The August 2015 winners are the Tennessee Department of Health, the Memphis Health Center, and the Tri-State Community Health Center in Memphis.

In May of 2015, three awards totaling $1,578,524 also went to Tennessee, including Cherokee Health Systems in Knoxville, Christ Community Health Services in memphis, and United Neighborhood Health Services in Nashville. The awards are expected to serve a proposed 19,172 new patients.

“Across the country, health centers have provided a source of high-quality primary care for people in rural and urban communities for 50 years,” said Acting Deputy Secretary Mary Wakefield. “These Affordable Care Act funds build on the strong legacy of the health center program and provide even more individuals and families with access to the care they need the most.”

This investment will add to the more than 700 new health center sites that have opened as a result of the Affordable Care Act, including those awarded earlier this year. What started with one clinic in rural Mississippi and another in South Boston is today a national program that supports 1,300 community-based and patient-directed health centers with 9,000 sites serving nearly 23 million people.

“Health centers now provide primary care to one in fourteen people living in the United States,” said HRSA Acting Administrator Jim Macrae. “These awards mean that more communities than ever can count on a health center to help meet the increasing demand for primary care.”