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Congressman Sires Announces COVID19 Testing Awards for 8th District Community Health Centers

May 7, 2020
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.)- Today, Congressman Albio Sires (D-NJ) announced multiple community health centers (CHCs) that are either located in the 8th District or serve 8th District residents, would receive federal funding to support expanded COVID-19 testing capabilities.  

“The key to safely reopening our state is comprehensive and adequate testing to ensure that we can fully understand the scope and spread of COVID-19. CHCs are embedded in the communities they serve and are perfectly poised to play a major role in this effort,” said Congressman Sires. “Health centers have valiantly continued to serve and treat patients, despite new and unique challenges imposed on them by coronavirus. I am glad that these organizations will receive much needed support to ramp up their testing abilities and related activity. I am grateful for the dedication of all the health centers and their staffs that work to serve the 8th District every day.”

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded almost $583 million to health centers to be used towards expanded testing capability and related activities. This funding was allocated under the recently passed Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act.

The following health centers serving 8th District residents received funding:

Horizon Health Center, Inc. (Jersey City) - $292,204

Metropolitan Family Health Network (Jersey City) - $353,389

Newark Community Health Centers, Inc. (Newark) – $873,184

North Hudson Community Action Corporation (Union City) - $1,190,419

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey (Newark) - $111,049

Saint James Health, Inc. (Newark) - $135,349

City of Newark - $263,824