Community health centers are the fundamental sources for the general public to receive comprehensive, competent and excellent primary healthcare. These centers also usually allow access to pharmacies, mental healthcare centers, substance abuse rehabilitation and even oral health services. A community health center is normally established in regions with notable healthcare needs and other similar factors.
The vast network of state and federally funded community health centers across the US is a testament of the government to provide affordable primary healthcare to all, irrespective of their financial, familial and cultural background. If you are a medical professional and wish to invest in the healthcare of your community, then this article is meant for you.
Community Health Center Funding Opportunities
Here is a list of the most prominent community health center funding opportunities for 2021:
1 – Maternal and Child Health Services
The aim of the MCH Services Block Grant Program is to allow each state to ensure access to quality maternal and child healthcare services to mothers and children, especially in areas prevalent with low-income and limited availability households. This program is meant to reduce the infant mortality rate, give access to prenatal, delivery and postnatal care to women, increase the number of low-income household children that receive regular health check-ups and provide overall preventive and primary healthcare to mother and child alike.
To know further about the eligibility criteria and application process, it is highly recommended to visit the official website of the HRSA.
2 – Service Area Competition (FY 2022)
Service Area Competition (SAC) funding helps to continue providing comprehensive, culturally effective, high-quality primary healthcare services to communities and populations served under the Health Center Program. This initiative awards financial assistance to ensure the continued provision of comprehensive primary healthcare services in areas listed in the Service Area Announcement Table (SAAT).
Any domestic, public or nonprofit organization, that aims to serve in the announced service areas and its population to ensure constant access to quality and affordable healthcare, can be eligible for this funding.
The application process for Service Area Competition funding involves four steps:
- Select the Requester Type
- Choose the Question Type
- Select the BPHC category
- Choose the BPHC sub-category
For more information about this funding opportunity for the community health center, you can choose to call the Health Center Programs Support team at 877-464-4772 between 8 A.M to 8 P.M. Monday through Friday, except on federal holidays.
3 – Optimizing Virtual Care (FY 2022)
The FY 2022 Optimizing Virtual Care (OVC) initiative is a one-time funding opportunity and is provided to a maximum of 25 health centers, based on competitiveness. The OVC aims to support the development, implementation and evaluation of innovative, evidence-centric strategies. These innovative strategies should optimize the use of virtual care to enhance access to and improve, clinical quality in underserved communities and vulnerable demography. This program also aims to adapt and scale these innovative strategies across the Health Center Program.
With the help of this fund, community health centers can create, implement and evaluate different ways to optimize the applications of virtual care in providing primary healthcare at community health centers across the US.
To be eligible for this grant, applicants must be an existing Health Center Program award recipient and current recipient of operational (H80) funding under section 330(e), (g), (h) and/or (i) of the Public Health Service Act.
4 – Regional Pediatric Pandemic Network
The Regional Pediatric Pandemic Network aims to coordinate the children’s hospitals and communities in preparing for, and responding to, global health threats. This program covers coordination, preparation, response and swift dissemination of evidence-based pediatric care in case of future pandemics. The network usually includes five children’s hospitals and their pediatric partners located in diverse areas of the country that work in collaboration to plan and implement the initiatives outlined under this cooperation agreement.
Using this initiative, the government plans to strengthen the network of children’s (pediatric) hospitals and clinics so that the healthcare needs of children are solved promptly.
To be eligible for this community health center funding, you should be part of a registered children’s hospital or their affiliated university pediatric partner. To know the details of the eligibility criteria for the Regional Pediatric Pandemic Network, you can visit the official website of the HRSA (Health Resources & Services Administration).
The state and federal governments are focused on improving the primary healthcare system of the country. This effort requires cooperation and collaboration with local community health centers across the US. If you are part of a community healthcare center, then you should apply for these grants to ensure a better quality of healthcare in your community and region.