Feds Award $1.5 Million in CARES Act Money to Greater Lawrence Family Health Center

Greater Lawrence Family Health Center President and CEO John M. Silva told business leaders about the planned Haverhill Family Health Center early in 2020. (WHAV News file photograph.)

Greater Lawrence Family Health Center is receiving $1.5 million in supplemental federal aid to detect coronavirus; prevent, diagnose and treat COVID-19; and maintain or increase health capacity and staffing levels during the health emergency.

Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, which operates locations in Lawrence and Methuen and plans one in Haverhill, was one of 38 community health centers across the state to share in $34.1 million, distributed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Health Resources and Services Administration.

“This new funding secured by President Trump will help our community health centers continue the work they’re doing on the ground against the coronavirus,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “HRSA-funded health centers are already playing a critical role by delivering essential services, serving as community testing and screening sites and alleviating burdens on our nation’s emergency rooms and hospitals.”

On Friday, March 27, the president signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, into law.

HRSA Administrator Tom Engels said, “HRSA-funded health centers are part of the backbone of our nation’s health care system, serving 1 in 12 people nationwide…Increasingly, people are turning to health centers for the first line of defense in combating emergency public health priorities like the novel coronavirus. Health centers will put these resources to immediate use to respond to emerging and evolving local needs and continue to deliver high quality primary health care services to their patients.”

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