KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Nearly 50 health centers in Kansas and Missouri will receive close to $187 million to fill gaps in access to the COVID-19 vaccine as part of a $10-billion federal initiative.
The funding comes from President Biden’s American Relief Plan, a more than $1.9-trillion relief and stimulus package Congress passed earlier this month, and will be used “to expand access to COVID-19 vaccines to the hardest-hit and highest-risk communities across the country,” according to information provided by The White House.
A total of 28 Missouri clinics will receive more than $124.2 million in the effort to “expand access to vaccines and better serve communities of color, rural areas, low-income populations, and other underserved communities in the COVID-19 response,” the Biden administration said. “This funding will expand access to vaccines for vulnerable populations and increase vaccine confidence across the country.”
Roughly $6 billion will be awarded directly to clinics in identified areas of need for vaccines, testing, treatment, preventive care for high-risk groups, infrastructure improvements and mobile units, as needed.
A trio of Kansas City, Missouri, health clinics will receive more than $19 million, according to the Health Resources and Services Administration.
That includes a more than $10.5-million award to Swope Health Services, the third-largest for any Missouri clinic.
The Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center also will receive more than $5.3 million, while Kansas City Care Clinic has been awarded nearly $3.5 million.
Additional awards in the Kansas City region include:
- Compass Health in Clinton, $8,559,375
- Northwest Health Services in St. Joseph, $5,880,250
- Regional Health Care Clinic in Sedalia, $3,766,375
- Health Care Coalition of Lafayette County in Lexington, $1,470,625
The largest of the more than $62.6 million awarded to 19 health clinics in Kansas went to Gracemed Health Clinic in Wichita ($11.7 million), Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas in Pittsburg ($11.3 million) and The Hunter Health Clinic in Wichita ($4.3 million).
Health Partnership Clinic in Olathe received the largest award in Johnson County at $3,553,750, while Turner House Clinic in Kansas City, Kansas, will receive more than $2.9 million and Heartland Medical Clinic in Lawrence will receive $2.2 million.
Atchison Community Health Clinic also will receive $972,125.
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