Gov’t Awards MN Community Health Centers $19.9M

The funding is part of $727 million that was awarded by the U.S. Health and Human Services Department to 143 community health centers across the country.

The U.S. Health and Human Services Department (HHS) announced Friday that it has awarded $19.9 million to help fix up 17 community health centers in Minnesota.

The funding is being awarded under the U.S. health care reform law, which provided $727 million nationally to 143 community health centers.

The recently announced funding is in addition to the $2 million that was invested in community health centers across the country under the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The Northern Minnesota Network in Isanti received $2.98 million, the most of any Minnesota recipients. The organization provides health information technology resources and support to safety net providers in rural areas in Minnesota and eastern North Dakota.

Cedar Riverside Peoples Center in Minneapolis received the second-largest amount, $2.66 million. The center was founded in 1970 by grassroots organizers and is one of Minnesota's first free medical clinics.

According to the HHS, community health centers deliver preventive and primary care services at more than 7,900 service delivery sites around the country to patients regardless of their ability to pay.

“Many of these community health centers need more modern space to meet the increasing patient demand for services,” Mary Wakefield, who heads HHS' Health Resources and Services Administration, said in a statement.

For a complete list of the 17 community health centers in Minnesota that received funding, click here.