Washington, DC (WKOW)-- Wisconsin health centers just received $10.8 million in federal stimulus money.
First Lady Michelle Obama today announced the release of $10,867,945 in grants to help address immediate and pressing health center facility and equipment needs and increase access to health care for millions in Wisconsin.
"Community Health Centers provide care to the Americans who need it most and their work has never been more important," said Michelle Obama. "These grants will help centers in Wisconsin serve more Americans who simply can't afford insurance coverage anymore."
The Recovery Act Capital Improvement Program (CIP) grants will support the construction, repair and renovation of over 1,500 health center sites nationwide. 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.
To see a list of Recovery Act CIP grantees in Wisconsin, go to http://transparency.cit.nih.gov/RecoveryGrants/grant.cfm?grant=HRSA_CIP
Health centers deliver preventive and primary care services at more than 7,500 service delivery sites around the country to patients regardless of their ability to pay; charges for services are set according to income.
Health centers serve more than 17 million patients, about 40 percent of whom have no health insurance. Community Health Centers are the responsibility of the Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).