FL Community Health receives $2.8 million grant

Staff reports
The Chronicle Express

PENN YAN – Finger Lakes Community Health in Penn Yan has received a Health Center Cluster grant for $2,847,908 in funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“As a Community Health Center program with eight health center sites across the region, this funding is critical to our ability to help our communities access quality health care services,” said Mary Zalazny, Finger Lakes Community Health CEO.  “This funding allows us to offer low cost medical, dental, behavioral health and advocacy services to over 28,000 patients.  Now with the COVID-19 pandemic, our communities are being hit hard with so many people facing such difficult challenges.  We, along with our fellow Community Health Centers across Upstate New York, with help from this federal funding will be open and ready to help.”

Health Centers are community-based, patient-directed organizations that provide primary health care services. Services they offer can include pharmacy, mental health, substance use disorder and oral health services. These services are offered in areas where barriers such as socioeconomic, geographic or cultural barriers limit access to affordable, quality health care services.

“We care about making sure our constituents have fair access to the quality medical services they deserve, especially as we navigate this public health crisis,” said Rep. Tom Reed. “We were proud to support this funding and we will continue to fight for the care and resources our region needs to maintain our health care system.”

The funds are disbursed by the Human Resources and Services Administration, which is a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. For more information, visit www.HRSA.gov.