Press Release

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $6.3 Million In Federal Funds For 23 Upstate New York Community Health Centers

Sep 15, 2014

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced $6,324,208 in federal funds for 23 Upstate New York community health centers. The funding will be allocated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). These funds will enable health centers across the state to increase access to comprehensive primary health care services by hiring new staff, staying open for longer hours, and expanding the care they provide to include new services such as oral health, behavioral health, pharmacy, and vision services. Throughout New York State and New York City, there were 58 total health centers awarded federal funds, totaling over $15.6 million. These health centers are expected to hire over 200 new full-time employees, including health care providers, to begin serving an additional 82,000 patients statewide.

“These much-needed funds will allow 58 community health centers throughout New York State, including 23 centers in Upstate New York alone, improve healthcare access for the local community,” said Senator Schumer. “Specifically, these funds will increase access to primary care services by enabling these health center to hire new staff, stay open longer, and expand care to areas like oral health and vision services. Not only will this funding lead to an increase in New York state residents’ ability to utilize health care services, it will also mean jobs for local area residents and health professionals. This is great news for New York State and I will continue to fight for this kind of funding so that New Yorkers may continue to benefit from increased care and jobs in the future.”

“This is a major investment for upstate New York,” Senator Gillibrand said. “Quality health care must be accessible throughout our communities. This grant will help local health care centers throughout the state meet the need for services and provide families with better care. By hiring more trained staff members and by expanding care and hours, centers will work more efficiently and New Yorkers will be able to get the quality care they need.”

“Federally qualified community health centers are central to New York’s primary care safety net, and the comprehensive, integrated model of care that they provide is the foundation upon which health care reform is being built, not only in our state but across the nation,” said Elizabeth Swain, President and CEO of the Community Health Care Association of New York State. “These Affordable Care Act dollars will help to further strengthen New York’s health centers, enabling them to expand the types of services they provide and care for over 82,000 new patients across the State of New York at a time when the demand for primary care is at an all-time high.”

In the Capital Region, the following centers will receive HRSA funding :

  • Hudson Headwaters Health Network, Inc. – Glens Falls, $356,692
  • Schenectady Family Health Services, Inc. – Schenectady, $231,402
  • Whitney M. Young, Jr., Health Center, Inc. – Albany, $245,050

In Western New York, the following centers will receive federal funding:

  • The Chautauqua Center – Jamestown, $191,304
  • Community Health Center of Buffalo – Buffalo, $228,728
  • Jericho Road Ministries, Inc. – Buffalo, $187,000
  • Northwest Buffalo Community Health Care Center – Buffalo, $226,730
  • Southern Tier community Health Center Network – Olean, $202,878

In Central New York, the following centers will receive HRSA funding:

  • East Hill Family Medical, Inc. – Auburn, $207,248
  • Family Health Network of Central New York, Inc. – Cortland, $220,024
  • Northern Oswego County Health Services, Inc. – Pulaski, $254,954
  • Syracuse Community Health Center, Inc. – Syracuse, $290,734

In the Rochester-Finger Lakes Region, the following centers will receive HRSA funding:

  • Finger Lakes Migrant Health Care – Penn Yan, $262,060
  • Oak Orchard Community Health Center, Inc. – Brockport, $230,406
  • Rochester Primary Care Network – Rochester, $426,526
  • The Unity Hospital of Rochester – Rochester, $194,490

In the Hudson Valley, the following centers will receive HRSA funding:

  • The Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center Inc. – Cornwall, $245,962
  • Hudson River Healthcare, Inc. – Peekskill, $594,692
  • Middletown Community Health Center, Inc. – Middletown, $234,156
  • Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center, Inc. – Mount Vernon, $521,460
  • Open Door Family Medical Center, Inc. – Ossining, $347,444

In the North Country, the following centers will receive HRSA funding:

  • North Country Children’s Clinic, Inc. – Watertown, $211,106
  • United Cerebral Palsy Association of the North Country, Inc. – Canton, $213,162

These federal funds, which were granted to community health centers around the country, will help health centers reach an estimated 1.5 million new patients nationwide, including over 137,000 oral health patients and more than 38,000 mental and substance abuse patients. Nationwide, there are nearly 1,300 health centers that operate more than 9,200 service delivery sites each day. These sites provide care to over 21.7 million patients.

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for improving access to health care by strengthening the health care workforce, building healthy communities and achieving health equity. HRSA’s programs provide health care to people who are geographically isolated, economically or medically vulnerable.