South Central Family Health Center has been selected to receive a $2 million grant to help improve virtual healthcare. The grant came from Congresswoman Roybal-Allard, representing California’s 40th congressional district.
On February 14, nearly $55 million was awarded to health centers funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration. The grant is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services through the Health Resources and Services Administration.
“Today’s announcement reflects the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to advancing health equity and bringing essential health care within reach of all Americans,” the Biden-Harris administration said. HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra.
South Central Family Health Center is recognized for its diversity in its health care delivery, where it geographically and economically assists disadvantaged people by providing them with the care they need.
The money is being awarded to fund SCFHC’s virtual care, which helps make it easier for patients to access health centers.
Virtual care allows providers to interact remotely with their patients. This growing communication and the number of patients providers can see – whether it’s for check-ups, answering questions or communicating with professionals.
Hospitals and health centers are understaffed due to the number of patients seen daily. The grant will enable doctors and healthcare workers to help communicate and reach more people with better tools and instruments.
A recent study from the Ministry of Health and Social Services shows that from 2019 to 2020, the number of virtual visits to health centers increased from 478,333 to 28,550,608.
The 40th Congressional District includes Downey, East LA, Commerce, Paramount, Bell, Bell Gardens, Bellflower, Cudahy, Huntington Park, Maywood, and other South Los Angeles neighborhoods.
This geographic area is historically recognized as the most Latino district in the country. 86.5% of the population is of Hispanic origin.
The HHS press office reported that by the end of January, health centers had delivered more than 19.2 million doses of the vaccine, 68% of them to patients from racial or ethnic minorities.
Inclusiveness of the communities that need it most is what these HRSA-owned health centers strive for.
In addition to providing health care to minority patients, SCFHC aims to provide affordable yet high quality assistance to those who are struggling financially with their income.
Especially during the pandemic, virtual care is essential to keep patients/visitors and workers safe, while monitoring their health.
“I am grateful to the 240 staff and clinicians at the Center de santé famille du centre-south who have patiently and courageously helped our community through this pandemic,” said MP Roybal-Allard. “I am proud of their commitment to providing direct medical care. services, treatment and care to members of our beloved community.