By TAPINTO PATERSON STAFF
NEWARK, N.J. – The Paterson Community Health Center is set to receive $167,000 in annual federal funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to support the operations of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) across New Jersey and their continued response to the COVID-19 public health crisis, U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker announced earlier this week.
“FQHCs are often the first place families and seniors across the state go to when they need affordable and high quality health care,” Menendez said. “Community health centers have been on the frontlines of the pandemic since the very beginning and they continue to play a critical role in the state’s response and recovery. This funding will ensure they continue to serve the residents of New Jersey and have the personal protective equipment and medical supplies they need to keep their patients and health care providers safe and healthy.”
The funding comes as part of a total $5.3 million Menendez and Booker helped secure for the 24 Community Health Centers that are operating 137 satellite sites while providing preventive and primary health care services to over a half-million New Jersey residents.
“New Jersey health centers have been essential in the fight against COVID-19 by providing critical care to those who need it most,” Booker said. “This federal funding will help ensure our community health centers can continue to provide critical health care services to some of our most underserved communities in order to protect the health and safety of all New Jerseyans.”