Rep. Roybal-Allard Announces HHS Grants to CA-40 Health Centers for COVID-19 Testing
Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) has announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) awarding of grants totaling $5.2 million to 40th Congressional District health centers. The grants were awarded to Family Health Care Centers of Greater Los Angeles, Inc.; Kedren Community Health Center, Inc.; South Central Family Health Center; Central Neighborhood Health Foundation; Via Care Community Health Center, Inc.; Universal Community Health Center; and AltaMed Health Services Corporation. These grants are part of the fiscal year 2020 Expanding Capacity for Coronavirus Testing funding provided by the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, a new law which Rep. Roybal-Allard voted for when it passed the House on April 23.
The awards provide one-time funding to support Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA)-funded health centers to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19. Funds may be used to purchase, administer, and expand capacity for testing to monitor and suppress COVID-19. As Vice Chair of the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee, Rep. Roybal-Allard helps oversee funding for HHS, and is a vigorous advocate for grant funding to support health centers.
“Continued and expanded testing is essential to our work to curb COVID-19’s spread in our communities,” said Rep. Roybal-Allard. “Thanks to this HHS funding, which I was proud to vote for in April as part of the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, health centers in our 40th District will have greater capacity to conduct this lifesaving testing. Containing this virus requires us to do all we can to identify coronavirus patients, isolate them, and trace their contacts. These HHS grants for COVID testing will be pivotal to carrying out that effort in our neighborhoods.”