The Community Health Center of Richmond, Inc. (CHCR) has received a $487,500 federal New Access Point Grant to fund operational costs for the CHCR Dental and Medical Specialty Center. CHCR’s second facility, located at 439 Port Richmond Avenue, is opening in the first quarter of 2013.
CHCR is one of 20 New York health centers to receive grant funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) under federal health care laws designed to expand access to primary care, particularly in underserved areas. The grant awards announced on Wednesday (June 20) total $128.6 million will go to centers that provide community health care and/or care for migrants and the homeless in 41 states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands. New York State centers will receive grants totaling more than $10.5 million.
At its new second center, CHCR will provide dental, ophthalmic and podiatric care in addition to coordinated diabetes care management. The Dental and Medical Specialty Center will enable CHCR to address significant concerns in its community, including the shortage of available dental care and the prevalence of diabetes. About one-third of the residents in CHCR’s primary service area lack regular dental care. About 75% of CHCR’s patient population has been diagnosed with diabetes or a pre-diabetic condition.
“We are grateful and pleased to receive this important federal funding, which will support CHCR’s mission of providing affordable, accessible health care without regard for an individual’s ability to pay,” said CHCR Chief Executive Officer Henry Thompson.
Elizabeth H. Swain, president and chief executive officer of the Community Health Care Association of New York State (CHCANYS), called the funding “historic in its significance.”
“It represents an unprecedented investment by the federal government in FQHCs (federally qualified healthcare centers) and has the potential to expand New York State’s primary care system as never before,” Swain said in a press release.
CHCR anticipates that the CHCR Dental and Medical Specialty Center will create up to 20 new jobs and generate 16,000 additional patient visits at full capacity. Federal authorities estimate that the grant funding announced on Wednesday will create 5,640 jobs and increase services to 1.25 million patients nationwide.