Rep. Thompson announces more than $4 million for santa rosa community health centers

Washington, D.C. (May 18, 2016) 
– U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-5) announced a $4,345,012 Department of Health and Human Services grant for Santa Rosa Community Health Centers (SRCHC). The funds made available by this grant will be used to support continued operations at SRCHC for the next year, through May 31, 2017. SRCHC reports that in 2013, the center saw over 41,000 people, over the course of more than 173,000 medical visits.

“Santa Rosa Community Health Centers does outstanding work to make sure everyone in our community has access to essential primary health care services, including dental and mental health care," said Thompson. “I’m proud to announce these important funds, which will allow our health center to continue providing quality, affordable care for those in need in our community in the year ahead."

“Federal funding helps keeps our doors open and supports programs that improve quality so we can deliver the best medical, dental and mental health care to the people in our community most in need," said Naomi Fuchs, Chief Executive Officer at Santa Rosa Community Health Centers. “Access to health care is essential for a full life, yet thousands of people in Sonoma County still can’t get the services they need. Funding for community health centers like ours is critical to a healthy community where everyone has the opportunity for a healthy and productive life.”

 Community Health Centers are locally-controlled, non-profit entities
that provide primary care, dental, behavioral health, and pharmacy services in underserved rural and urban areas. Health Centers serve America’s most vulnerable populations, including one in seven of America’s uninsured, one-third of those living in poverty, and one in seven Medicaid beneficiaries. More than 7 million children and over 300,000 veterans get their health care in community health centers. Health Centers specialize in providing cost-effective and high-quality primary and preventive health care that generates $24 billion annually in savings to the health system, due in large part to their success in reducing the need for patients to seek care in costlier settings like emergency departments.

Congressman Mike Thompson is proud to represent California’s 5th
Congressional District, which includes all or part of Contra Costa, Lake, Napa,
Solano and Sonoma Counties
.  He is a senior member of the House
Ways and Means Committee. Rep. Thompson is also a member of the fiscally
conservative Blue Dog Coalition and chairs the bipartisan, bicameral
Congressional Wine Caucus.

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