U.S. Sens. Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, both Democrats, announced Tuesday $2,309,519 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to continue essential health care services provided at several New Jersey Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs).
“Community Health Centers are a critical piece of the puzzle in ensuring everyone has access to quality, affordable health care in this country. By offering quality health care in our communities, health centers help individuals access vital preventive services and avoid expensive emergency room visits,” said Menendez, a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, which sets national health policy.
“This funding will help ensure that residents of New Jersey continue to benefit from robust and comprehensive health care, regardless of their socioeconomic status,” he added.
“We already know that far too many communities in New Jersey face steep barriers to accessing adequate health care,” said Booker. “This crucial federal funding will help address these health inequities by ensuring community health centers across the state have the resources needed to continue to provide necessary services to thousands of New Jerseyans.”
The following FQHCs received awards:
|$167,000||City of Newark||Newark|
|$167,000||Henry J Austin Health Center Inc.||Trenton|
|$167,000||Camcare Health Corporation||Camden|
|$167,000||AtlantiCare Health Services||Egg Harbor Township|
|$167,000||Jewish Renaissance Medical Center||Perth Amboy|
|$167,000||North Hudson Community Action Corp.||Union City|
|$167,000||Southern Jersey Family||Hammonton|
|$167,000||Lakewood Resource and Referral Center||Lakewood|
|$167,000||Jewish Renaissance Foundation Inc.||Perth Amboy|
|$167,000||Community Health Care Inc.||Bridgeton|
|$167,000||Zufall Health Center Inc.||Dover|
|$167,000||Monmouth Family Health Center||Long Branch|
|$167,000||Horizon Health Center||Jersey City|
|$167,000||Neighborhood Health Services Corporation Inc.||Plainfield|
|$167,000||Paterson Community Health Center Inc.||Paterson|
|$167,000||Rutgers, The State University Of New Jersey||New Brunswick|
|$167,000||Metropolitan Family Health Network Inc.||Jersey City|
|$166,724||Visiting Nurse of Central Jersey Community Health Center Inc.||Asbury Park|
|$138,795||Project H.O.P.E. Inc.||Camden|
In New Jersey, 24 community health centers operate 137 sites, providing preventive and primary health care services to nearly 600,000 New Jerseyans.
Earlier this year, Menendez joined colleagues in introducing legislation to bolster community health centers and expand access to vital health care services for hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans.
In 2018, the senator secured an additional $1.6 billion in CHC funding on top of the $7.8 billion appropriated for Fiscal Year 2018 and 2019.
Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article stated that New Jersey’s 24 community health centers operate 135 sites. The correct number is 137 sites.