HHS on Thursday announced a total of $10 million in funding that will be awarded to 129 community organizations nationwide to help them establish new community health centers.
$10 million marked for new community health centers
The funding from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will be given to seven organizations that focus traditionally on tribal and urban Native American health, five groups that focus on mental-health services, four that center on HIV/AIDS services, three geared toward faith-based initiatives, and one senior center to help these groups develop a comprehensive primary-care health center.
Currently, there are more than 8,1000 health-center delivery sites across the country, according to HHS. In the same week President Barack Obama unveiled his jobs plan, HHS emphasized that health centers have added more than 18,600 new full-time positions since the beginning of 2009. Last year, these centers employed more than 131,000 staff member, HHS noted.
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