HHS Awards $125M to Support Community Health Centers, Patient Care

August 15, 2018 - The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has awarded $125 million in grant funding to community health centers in an effort to improve patient access to care in high-risk and high-needs areas. These awards come as a part of the Department’s National Health Center Week. Funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), awards to 1,352 community health...

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