On Thursday, July 2, Congressman Andrews announced over $1.68 million in new federal funding to improve South Jersey health centers. Congressman Andrews' announcement followed last Monday's White House press conference where First Lady Michelle Obama announced the release of $851 million in grants nationwide, designed to address the immediate facility and equipment needs of America's health centers and expand service for those who cannot afford insurance.
Appropriated under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, these Capital Improvement Program (CIP) grants will support the construction, repair and renovation of over 1,500 health center sites nationwide, while more than 650 centers will use the funds to purchase new equipment or health information technology (HIT) systems, and nearly 400 health centers will adopt and expand the use of electronic health records.
Local recipients of the CIP grants include CAMcare Health Corporation and Project H.O.P.E., which received $1,375,355 and $306,385, respectively. CAMCare has provided high quality, comprehensive health care to Camden's medically underserved for nearly 30 years, and they have assisted over 32,000 people in the last year alone. Similarly, Project H.O.P.E. sets out to improve the health and well being of Camden City's homeless by providing medical and social services as an effort to help those in need transition to self-sufficiency. At a time when our nation's unemployment has grown to a 25-year high, more and more people are struggling to meet the rising costs of health care. However, through this new boost in federal funding, hundreds of health centers will be able to adequately respond to the high demand of people who are turning to their services during these difficult economic times. Additionally, this increase in funding will also afford recipient health centers with an opportunity to retain, or even expand their staff.
As Americans continue to struggle from economic recession and health care premiums spiral out of control, Congressman Andrews continues to devote his efforts to expanding patient care while striving to secure the resources needed to rebuild our workforce.