Six community health centers in North Florida, including two in Jacksonville, will receive a total of more than $21.1 million in American Rescue Plan funds to expand their COVID-19 vaccination and treatment operations, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson announced Wednesday.
The funds are part of the American Rescue Plan’s $6 billion investment to expand vaccine access in underserved communities.
These are the health centers receiving funds in Florida’s 5th Congressional District, which Lawson represents:
- Agape Community Health Center (Jacksonville): $2,456,125
- I.M. Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless, Inc. (Jacksonville): $2,904,375
- Bond Community Health Center (Tallahassee): $2,672,000
- Florida Department of Health (Tallahassee): $3,674,500
- Neighborhood Medical Center (Tallahassee): $4,355,000
- North Florida Medical Center (Tallahassee): $5,087,500
The funding will help to expand the health centers’ operational capacity, including adding mobile units.
“The centers can use the funding to expand COVID-19 vaccinations, testing and treatment for vulnerable populations, as well as deliver preventive and primary health care services to people at higher risk for COVID-19,” Lawson said in a news release.
The American Rescue Plan supports 47 health centers in Florida, totaling more than $368.1 million. Aza Health, also known as Rural Heath Care Inc., in Palatka is set to receive $8,536,125.