Health centers get another round of federal funds under COVID support program

West Virginia health centers have received an additional $5,568,607 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) health center cluster grant program. This funding will provide support and resources for health centers across West Virginia.

Health centers around the state have gotten several rounds of federal funding during the COVID-19 pandemic to support their operations, testing and community health efforts.

Mountaineer Community Health Center, Inc. of Paw Paw was one of the recipients of this round of grants. They will received $29,754 for operations serving residents in western Morgan County and nearby areas.

Shenandoah Valley Medical Systems, Inc. based in Martinsburg will receive $210,239 to provide services to residents of Berkeley, Morgan and Jefferson counties and their surrounding areas.

“Health centers continue to provide essential care to many West Virginians, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is crucial that we deliver the resources our health centers rely on so they can properly serve their communities and keep our medical professionals safe. Health centers and their staff play such an important role in the well-being and health care infrastructure of our state, and I will continue to advocate on their behalf and secure federal funding like this,” said Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.).

“Our community health centers are the backbone of our healthcare system in West Virginia. Rural health centers and providers face no shortage of challenges and the COVID-19 pandemic has only made the services they provide even more essential. We must continue investing in rural health and I am pleased to see this funding awarded to healthcare providers across our state,” U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said of the grant announcement.

Grants were given to 28 community health centers across West Virginia.