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$122.3 mil in grants to California health centers

By Josh Richman
Tuesday, May 1st, 2012 at 12:24 pm in healthcare reform.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today announced almost $122.3 million in grants awarded to California community health centers – including about $24.9 million in the greater Bay Area – under the Affordable Care Act health care reform law.

Grantees estimate these awards will help them serve approximately 166,504 new patients. But it’s also a potent crowd-pleaser in a presidential campaign year.

“President Obama’s health care law is making community health centers in California stronger,” HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a news release. “For many Americans, community health centers are the major source of care that ranges from prevention to treatment of chronic diseases. This investment will expand our ability to provide high-quality care to millions of people while supporting good paying jobs in communities across the country.”

Funding totaling more than $728 million across the nation will support renovation and construction projects, boosting health centers’ patient capacity and creating jobs. The Affordable Care Act provides $9.5 billion to expand services over five years and $1.5 billion to support major construction and renovation projects at community health centers. A new report released today shows the law already has supported construction or renovation of 190 health center sites and creation of 67 new sites across the nation. Employment at community health centers nationwide has increased by 15 percent since the start of 2009, and such centers now serve almost three million more patients.

The grants announced today are from two capital programs: One will provide about $629 million to 171 existing health centers across the country for longer-term projects to expand their facilities, improve existing services, and serve more patients. The other will provide about $99.3 million to 227 existing health centers to address pressing facility and equipment needs.

For a list of the California recipients, read after the jump:

I’ve placed the greater Bay Area recipients in bold type:

Capital Development – Building Capacity Program

Children’s Hospital & Research Center of Oakland, $2,413,505
Clinicas De Salud Del Pueblo Inc., Brawley, $2,545,278
Clinicas Del Camino Real Inc., Ventura, $2,686,753
Communicare Health Centers Inc., Davis, $5,000,000
Darin M. Camarena Health Centers Inc., Madera, $4,833,392
East Valley Community Health Center, West Covina, $3,133,755
Family Healthcare Network, Visalia, $5,000,000
JWCH Institute Inc., Los Angeles, $2,738,824
Lifelong Medical Care, Berkeley, $4,966,552
Mission City Community Network Inc., North Hills, $5,000,000
Mountain Health & Community Services, Campo, $5,000,000
National Health Services Inc., Shafter, $4,656,068
Neighborhood Healthcare, Escondido, $3,219,386
North County Health Project Inc., San Marcos, $5,000,000
Northeast Community Clinic Inc., Alhambra, $3,369,715
Northeast Valley Health Corporation, San Fernando, $5,000,000
Queenscare Family Clinics, Los Angeles, $5,000,000
Salud Para La Gente Inc., Watsonville, $5,000,000
San Bernardino County Public Health Dept., San Bernardino, $4,897,415
San Jose Foothills Family Community Clinic, San Jose, $900,000
Santa Cruz County, $2,448,000
Shasta Community Health Center, Redding, $5,000,000
Sonoma Valley Community Health Center, Sonoma, $5,000,000
South County Community Health Center Inc., East Palo Alto, $5,000,000
Southwest Community Health Center, Santa Rosa, $2,789,626
Valley Health Team Inc., San Joaquin, $5,000,000

Capital Development – Immediate Facility Improvement Program

Alta Med Health Services Corporation, Commerce, $500,000
Ampla Health, Yuba City, $500,000
Arroyo Vista Family Health Center, Los Angeles, $500,000
Asian Health Teams, Oakland, $62,000
Asian Pacific Health Care Venture, Los Angeles, $500,000
Borrego Community Health Foundation, Borrego Springs, $500,000
Central City Community Health Center Inc., Los Angeles, $464,028
Children’s Hospital & Research Center of Oakland, $500,000
Cinicas Del Camino Real Inc., Ventura, $500,000
Clinicas De Salud del Pueblo Inc., Brawley, $358,590
Community Health Alliance of Pasadena, Pasadena, $500,000
Community Health Centers/Central Coasts, Nipomo, $500,000
Community Health Clinic Ole, Napa, $175,000
Family Health Centers of San Diego Inc., San Diego, $495,000
Gardner Family Health Network Inc., San Jose, $500,000
Imperial Beach Community Clinic, Imperial Beach, $500,000
Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley, San Jose, $500,000
Inland Behavioral & Health Services Inc., San Bernardino, $485,945
JWCH Institute Inc., Los Angeles, $498,905
La Clinica De La Raza, Oakland, $400,272
Mission City Community Network Inc., North Hills, $500,000
Mountain Health & Community Services, Campo, $499,999
National Health Services Inc., Shafter, $500,000
North County Health Project Inc., San Marcos, $500,000
North East Medical Services, San Francisco, $360,985
Northeast Community Clinic Inc., Alhambra, $500,000
Northeast Valley Health Corporation, San Fernando, $88,836
Open Door Community Health Centers, Arcata, $484,512
Salud Para La Gente Inc., Watsonville, $500,000
San Diego Family Care, San Diego, $499,871
San Mateo County Health Services Agency, $320,179
South Central Family Health Center, Los Angeles, $500,000
Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center Inc., Union City, $500,000
United Health Centers of San Joaquin Valley Inc., Parlier, $500,000
Valley Community Health, North Hollywood, $470,358
Valley Health Team Inc., San Joaquin, $500,000
West County Health Services Inc., Guerneville, $492,200

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  • Elwood

    Oh, goodie!

    Free health care for the indigent.

    My tax dollars at work, given away by the Kenyan.

  • JohnW

    If you’re concerned about how your tax dollars get spent, you should like this. Lots cheaper than providing non-emergency care in the ER. Also, if people go to a community health clinic instead of the ER, you won’t have to wait hours writhing in pain – or worse – if you have to make a trip to the ER for a true emergency.

  • Truthclubber

    @2 — Oh, come on — it’s clear that a sizable number of God-fearing, Christian members of America want nothing more than to help out their fellow human beings if they are sick, or in grave danger of death but could be healed by modern medical practices.

    After all, I believe it was Christ who said we should gladly “do unto others as we would them have do unto us”, right?

  • RR, Senile Columnist

    Let us join together and make California the best place for uneducated, unskilled, uninsured, unemployed people to be. We don’t need any selfish entrepreneurial types to greedily withhold their tax money! We have socially committed rock stars and movie people to make up the shortfall.

  • JohnW

    Re: #4

    The ACA support for community health centers is a national program, so this would not make California any more of a magnet state than it is currently. In fact, you might argue the contrary. If community health centers make access to health care equally easy for low income people in all states, then the rational choice would be to move to a state where other types of living costs are reasonable. I don’t think that would be California.