HHS Awards Oklahoma CHCs more than $3.6 Million

HHS Awards Oklahoma CHCs more than $3.6 Million

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Alison Williams
June 20, 2012 405-424-2282
awilliams@okpca.org

Today, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced awards of new grants to expand community health centers (CHCs), awarding six Oklahoma applicants more than $3.6 million combined for establishing new health center delivery sites.

Five of the six new sites will be satellites of existing grantees and include: Great Salt Plains Health Center, Inc. in Medford; Northeastern Oklahoma Community Health Centers, Inc. in Muskogee; Community Health Centers, Inc. in Carney; Stigler Health and Wellness Center in Poteau; and East Central Oklahoma Family Health Center, Inc. in Henryetta. Shortgrass Community Health Centers, Inc., a first-time CHC grantee, will establish a site in Hollis.

“The grant funding helps make our health centers in Oklahoma stronger so that more people can get the care they need,” said Greta Stewart, Executive Director for Oklahoma Primary Care Association, the association representing community health centers and other safety-net providers. “These awards will help strengthen Oklahomans access to affordable health care.”

Community health centers in Oklahoma work to improve the health of communities by ensuring access to quality primary health care services. With this funding, Oklahoma health centers plan to see more than 22,000 patients at the new sites, providing access to affordable, community-based health care for approximately 13,000 uninsured Oklahomans.

In 2010, CHCs served over 130,000 Oklahomans at more than forty-two delivery sites statewide, offering affordable, community-based services to their communities. Health centers see everyone – insured and uninsured - and offer a sliding fee scale to patients at or below 200% federal poverty level. For more information on community health centers in Oklahoma, visit www.okpca.org.