In recognition of the vital health services we provide to vulnerable individuals and families, Direct Relief, in partnership with the National Association of Community Health Centers, has awarded Advantage Care Health Centers with a $50,000 grant from its COVID-19 fund. This generous support to our community health center will help us continue to provide essential health care services, like tele-health, during the coronavirus pandemic.
Direct Relief created the COVID-19 Fund for Community Health to help neighborhood health centers, like Advantage Care, off-set unexpected costs related to COVID-19. The funding is also to be used to support the protection and safety of health workers, expand tele-health and support services to vulnerable individuals.
This generous grant will help us continue to advance our mission to provide all members of the community with high quality, comprehensive health services, including:
Community health centers across the country provide these types of vital health services to some of the most underserved members of our communities.
Who FQHCs Serve Every Day
Direct Relief’s COVID-19 grants provide support to health care workers and community health facilities that are facing unexpected costs due to the coronavirus pandemic. This funding is in addition to ongoing emergency deliveries of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other essential supplies.
Today, over 29 million of America’s most vulnerable individuals depend on a local nonprofit community health center, like Advantage Care, for health services. Of those patients, 63 percent belong to an ethnic or racial minority group, who have been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Direct Relief awarded individual grants of up to $50,00 to 514 Federally Qualified Health Centers, including Advantage Care, in 49 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The generous grant to our community health center was a part of $27.9 million in financial support provided to FQHCs, the largest private donation to these types of medical facilities since they were established by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965. These grants were made possible with a groundswell of support that came from a wide variety of sources, including a $10 million donation from 3M and spontaneous support from corporate leaders and entertainers, such as Sean “Diddy” Combs and Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey.
“Access to primary care is what keeps people healthy and out of the hospital, and the frontline work of Advantage Care Health Centers and other nonprofit community health centers across the U.S. is more critical than ever with the onset of Covid-19,” said Direct Relief President and CEO Thomas Tighe. “Direct Relief is doing everything possible to bolster the work and support the staffs at the safety-net health facilities on which so many patients and their families rely for excellent care and trust for advice in this public health emergency.”
Right now, Advantage Care is providing essential health services to individuals and families via our tele-health services. Our health care professionals are available for virtual primary care, psychotherapy and psychiatry appointments. If you would like to schedule a remote session, contact us today.