Trahan Announces $3.5 Million in Coronavirus Relief Funding for MA03 Community Health Centers
Lowell, MA, April 8, 2020
LOWELL, MA – Today, Congresswoman Lori Trahan announced three grants totaling $3,564,090 in federal funding for community health centers in Massachusetts' Third Congressional District to combat the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
“Now, more than ever, we are all leaning heavily on our community health centers to provide quality care. I am thankful for the brave men and women who are fighting this global pandemic on the front lines. I am proud to announce these additional funds will go towards supporting community health center workers and towards the people in our cities and towns who rely upon these hospitals,” said Congresswoman Lori Trahan.
Trahan announced the grants, which are funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, for the following organizations in Massachusetts' Third Congressional District:
“In the midst of this unprecedented public health crisis, health centers are facing multiple challenges as we all continue to provide healthcare to our patients and our communities while facing an unplanned and potentially devastating financial strain to our organizations. Greater Lawrence Family Health Center (GLFHC) appreciates this emergency supplemental funding from the Department of Health and Human Services as a result of the most recent stimulus package. We thank Congresswoman Trahan for her continued support and leadership as she advocates for our Health Center and most importantly our staff and patients,” said Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, Inc. President and CEO John Silva.
“Lowell Community Health Center has been serving the Greater Lowell community for the past 50 years. Over 50,000 community members trust and depend on us, now more than ever. Despite the uncertainty of this crisis, we are doing everything in our power to continue to serve our community. We are incredibly heartened by this emergency funding that will help us combat this public health crisis and take care of our community for decades to come,” said Lowell Community Health Center CEO Susan West Levine.
“The funds that CHC has been awarded is a salvation for our patients and our employees. There has been a drastic reduction in the revenue that we have been able to generate due to the reduction in services that we are able to provide. Patients have been reluctant to show up for appointments and it is difficult to retain staffing due to illness and childcare issues. This infusion of funds will allow us to purchase the necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and to retain our staffing levels to ensure that we can provide the services to our patients that they so desperately need. We are truly appreciative of the support that we are receiving as a federally qualified community health center,” said Community Health Connections, Inc. President and CEO John DeMalia.