The American Rescue Plan sends $ 19 million to Omaha Health Centers, Council Bluffs

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – Two Omaha health centers and another in Council Bluffs will receive $ 19.1 million in funding, according to an announcement by the U.S. Department of Health on Thursday evening.

On the list for Nebraska’s $ 31.4 million aid is OneWorld, which is expected to receive more than $ 13.2 million. and the Charles Drew Health Center, which is receiving nearly $ 4.3 million, according to the HHS press release. In Council Bluffs, the All Care Health Center is set to receive $ 1.6 million of the $ 48.1 million going to Iowa, the press release said.

“This investment will help improve access to vaccination for severely affected populations and increase confidence in the vaccine by involving local, trusted health professionals in their efforts to expand immunization,” the press release said.

The funds will be used by the community health centers to support and expand COVID-19 vaccination, testing and treatment for vulnerable populations. Providing the necessary preventive and primary health services to those at higher risk for COVID-19; and expand the operational capacity of health centers during the pandemic and beyond, including changing and upgrading physical infrastructure and adding mobile units.

Other health centers in Nebraska also received funding:

  • Bluestem Health in Lincoln receives nearly $ 4.8 million.
  • The East Central District Health Department in Columbus received just over $ 3.2 million.
  • Midtown Health Center in Norfolk is receiving just over $ 2 million.
  • Heartland Health Center on Grand Island is receiving nearly $ 1.6 million.
  • The West Nebraska Community Action Partnership received more than $ 2.2 million.

Other health centers in West Iowa are also getting help:

  • Fort Dodge Community Health Centers are receiving just over $ 2.6 million.
  • The Greater Sioux Community Health Center at the Sioux Center is receiving more than $ 1.4 million.
  • Siouxland Community Health Center in Sioux City is receiving nearly $ 6.2 million.
  • The United Community Health Center in Storm Lake is set to receive nearly $ 1.4 million.

“Every American should feel safe knowing they have access to quality, affordable health care, especially in the face of a pandemic that has exposed the differences between rural, minority, and low-income communities,” HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said in the press release. “The Biden Administration is committed to providing help to those who need it most, and the communities hardest hit by COVID-19 will benefit from these critical investments.”

President Biden signed the $ 1.9 trillion COVID-19 aid package earlier this month, which aims to mitigate the economic impact of the virus on tens of millions of people.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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