April 1, 2021 | Number of The Day
New federal funding for NJ community health centers

Across New Jersey two dozen community health centers, or Federally Qualified Health Centers, give medical care to the uninsured as well as to patients with Medicaid, NJ FamilyCare, Medicare and private insurance. More than 91% of their patients live at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines, and more than 60% are racial or ethnic minorities.

The centers cover everything from primary and preventive health care to dental care, mental health services, lab services and more. Now they’re about to benefit from the recently passed American Rescue Plan, which has set aside $7.6 billion for these centers nationwide to expand access to COVID-19 vaccines, treatment and health services in underserved and vulnerable communities.

For the New Jersey centers, that means an infusion of close to $130 million ($129,653,750). As well as boosting their vaccination services, they can use the funds to deliver preventive and primary health care services to people at higher risk for COVID-19; and to expand their operational capacity during the pandemic and beyond, including modifying and improving physical infrastructure and adding mobile units.

The following grants were awarded to Federally Qualified Health Centers in New Jersey:

  • AtlantiCare Health Services Inc. (Egg Harbor Twp.): $2,101,250
  • CamCare Health Corp. (Camden): $7,750,875
  • Community Health Care, Inc. (Bridgeton): $12,219,625
  • Henry J. Austin Health Center, Inc. (Trenton): $4,252,875
  • Horizon Health Center, Inc. (Jersey City): $2,937,125
  • Ironbound Community Health Center Inc. (Newark): $500,000
  • Jewish Renaissance Foundation, Inc. (Perth Amboy): $677,250
  • Jewish Renaissance Medical Center (Perth Amboy): $4,794,375
  • Lakewood Resource and Referral Center, Inc.: $7,733,375
  • Metropolitan Family Health Network Inc. (Jersey City): $3,375,000
  • Monmouth Family Health Center (Long Branch): $3,587,750
  • Neighborhood Health Services Corp. (Plainfield): $3,026,250
  • Newark, City of: $3,338,125
  • Newark Community Health Centers, Inc.: $10,444,875
  • North Hudson Community Action Corp. (Union City): $18,121,750
  • Ocean Health Initiatives Inc. (Neptune): $6,252,125
  • Osborn Family Health Center, Inc. (Camden): $3,007,625
  • Paterson Community Health Center, Inc.: $3,702,250
  • Project Hope (Camden): $1,457,125
  • Rutgers University (Piscataway): $4,312,000
  • Saint James Health, Inc. (Newark): $1,017,500
  • Southern Jersey Family Medical Centers, Inc. (Hammonton): $10,839,875
  • Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey (Perth Amboy): $3,543,375
  • Zufall Health Center Inc. (Dover): $10,661,375