WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) – Fourteen community health centers in Iowa will receive $48,082,125 in American Rescue Plan funding to support COVID-19 vaccination and services for vulnerable populations, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced last week.
The centers will be able to use the fund to support and expand COVID-19 vaccinations and services. This investment will help increase access to vaccinations among hard-hit populations, as well as confidence in the vaccine by empowering local, trusted health professionals in their efforts to expand vaccinations.
In particular, Peoples Community Health Clinic in Waterloo was awarded $3,763,250 in grant funding.
CEO, Christine Kemp, says this is the fourth installment of grant funding for the clinic. Kemp says it’s the first grant to help carry the weight of vaccine expenses.
“This at least used the word, vaccines, vaccinations and vaccine expenses, where the other three grants didn’t,” Kemp said. “Therefore our guidance that we’ve gotten is, we couldn’t use those expenses towards those grants.”
The sum of funding is large, Kemp says she’s never seen this size of grant in her workplace.
“It feels like the funding helps understand the enormity of the pandemic,” Kemp says. “It may feel like a lot of money, but that’s what it’s taking to help this pandemic go away, helping us for the future.”
Kemp says the funds will be spent over a two-year period, and can be used for staffing payroll or possibly renovation to the clinic. Kemp says the money must be spent alongside federal guidelines.
Iowa American Rescue Plan Act Awards
|EASTERN IOWA HEALTH CENTER||CEDAR RAPIDS||IA||$2,656,125|
|ALL CARE HEALTH CENTER||COUNCIL BLUFFS||IA||$1,612,125|
|COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE, INC.||DAVENPORT||IA||$6,805,750|
|PRIMARY HEALTH CARE, INC.||DES MOINES||IA||$8,875,375|
|PROTEUS INC.||DES MOINES||IA||$996,375|
|CRESCENT COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER||DUBUQUE||IA||$2,100,875|
|COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER OF FORT DODGE, INC||FORT DODGE||IA||$2,616,375|
|COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS OF SOUTHERN IOWA, INC.||LEON||IA||$2,218,250|
|RIVER HILLS COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER, INC.||OTTUMWA||IA||$4,377,250|
|GREATER SIOUX COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER, INC.||SIOUX CENTER||IA||$1,462,500|
|SIOUXLAND COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER||SIOUX CITY||IA||$6,191,125|
|UNITED COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER INC||STORM LAKE||IA||$1,387,875|
|PEOPLES COMMUNITY HEALTH CLINIC, INC.||WATERLOO||IA||$3,763,250|
|COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS OF SOUTHEASTERN IOWA, INC||WEST BURLINGTON||IA||$3,018,875|
“Every American should have the security of knowing they have access to quality, affordable health care, especially as we face a pandemic that has exposed the disparities facing rural, minority, and lower-income communities. The Biden Administration is committed to getting help to those who need it most, and the communities hit hardest by COVID-19 will benefit from these critical investments.”
HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra