Four Northland community health centers are recipients of American Rescue Plan funds for COVID-19 vaccination and services. The following health centers will receive funding:
- The Lakes Community Health Center (Iron River, Wisconsin), $4.67 million.
- Cook Area Health Services (Cook), $2.65 million.
- Lake Superior Community Health Center (Duluth), $2.3 million.
- Sawtooth Mountain Clinic (Grand Marais), $1.16 million.
The funding will begin to be awarded by the Health Resources and Services Administration in April. Minnesota and Wisconsin each have 16 community health centers receiving American Rescue Plan funding, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday.
Health centers can use the funds to support and expand COVID-19 vaccination, testing and treatment. Centers can also expand operational capacity, including modifying or improving physical infrastructure and adding mobile units.
Health Resources and Services Administration-funded health centers are community-based organizations that deliver affordable, accessible health care to medically underserved communities and vulnerable populations. More than 91% of health center patients are living at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines, and nearly 63% are racial or ethnic minorities.
Health and Human Services stated in a news release that this investment will help increase access to vaccinations among hard-hit populations, as well as confidence in the vaccine by empowering local, trusted health professionals in their efforts to expand vaccinations.