Funding helps Oklahoma community health centers

Funding helps Oklahoma community health centers

Funding helps Oklahoma community health centers build, renovate facilities, serve more patients

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced awards made possible by the new health care law that will help build, expand and improve community health centers nationwide, including six in Oklahoma.

Central Oklahoma Family Medical Center in Konawa, Community Health Centers, Inc. in Oklahoma City, Morton Comprehensive Health Services in Tulsa, Pushmataha Family Medical Center in Clayton and Variety Care in Oklahoma City received more than $9.4 million to support renovation and construction projects to care for additional patients and create jobs. The awards are part of a series of capital investments made available to health centers under the Affordable Care Act.

In Oklahoma, community health centers see more than 130,000 patients per year and employ more than 800 Oklahomans. Through this funding, CHCs nationwide will be able to serve an additional 1.3 million patients over the next two years.

“This funding not only helps community health centers, it also strengthens Oklahomans access to affordable health care,” said Greta Stewart, Executive Director of Oklahoma Primary Care Association, the association representing community health centers and other safety-net providers statewide. “These awards will help more people get access to the primary care they need.”

Health centers see patients at more than forty-two delivery sites statewide, offering affordable, community-based services to their communities. For more information on community health centers in Oklahoma, visit www.okpca.org.