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Congressman Sires Congratulates New Federally Qualified Health Care Center in North Ward

May 17, 2021
Press Release

(Newark, NJ) Congressman Albio Sires celebrated the opening of a new health center in the city’s North Ward designed to improve access to health care for Newark’s low-income and uninsured residents. The Hope & Esperanza Community Health Center located at 788 Mount Prospect Avenue will be operated as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC).

“The opening of the Hope & Esperanza Community Health Center in the North Ward is exciting news for our community,” said Rep. Sires. “Community Health Centers have played a vital role in New Jersey and across the country throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The work they have done to inform, test, and vaccinate individuals has been unparalleled. I know that Hope & Esperanza Community Health Center will bring the same high-quality services to our neighborhoods while forming meaningful connections with residents.”

“This health center will provide quality preventative and primary health care services that our community so desperately needs,” said Michelle Lolo, the CEO of Hope & Esperanza Community Health Center. “We will provide high quality, culturally competent care regardless of the patient’s ability to pay to ensure everyone has equal access to health care and equity in achieving health outcomes.”

Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ), along with Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) were instrumental in helping the center receive more than $624,000 in Service Area Competition-Additional Areas (SAC-AA) funds from HRSA to cover operating costs.

A FQHC is a community-based health care provider that receives funds from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Health Center Program to provide primary care services in underserved areas.

The Center provides comprehensive health care, including primary care, urgent care, women’s health, COVID testing, and lab services to children, adults, and seniors. It will also provide mental health, and treatment for substance use disorder and opioid use disorder. Like all FQHCs, the Center serves patients who are underinsured and uninsured. Patients without insurance are charged based on their income level, using a sliding fee scale. The Center will be able to serve some 3,300 patients with 8,600 patient visits in 2022.

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