Community health centers receive $4 million in federal grants

Senator Brian Schatz announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is awarding more than $4 million in federal grants to three community health centers in Hawaii.

“With the national spotlight on health care, it’s important to remember the critical role community health centers play in providing care to those in need across our state,” said Senator Schatz, who serves on the Appropriations Committee. “The community health centers receiving these grants do invaluable work for Hawai‘i families, providing affordable access to wide-ranging health services.”

The Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center will receive $1.7 million of the grant money. The Community Clinic of Maui will receive $1.3 million and the Bay Clinic on Hawaii Island will receive $1 million.

“As a federally qualified community health center established in 1972, the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center receives an annual grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) that helps support our wide range of primary and preventive health care services we offer at our seven clinic sites on the Leeward coast of Oahu,” said Richard Bettini, President and CEO of WCCHC. “This most recent award of $1.7 million is the remainder of our $3,425,577 funding for the fiscal year ending January 31, 2018.”

WCCHC is the largest of Hawaii’s 14 federally qualified health centers, serving nearly 35,000 patients with over 196,000 visits. The federal grant allows WCCHC, along with the Community Clinic of Maui and the Bay Clinic, to provide medically underserved populations with comprehensive integrated primary and preventive care services.