U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) announced today that the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center (CBWCHC) has been awarded more than $10 million in federal funds, part of which will go to support the Health Center’s efforts to administer coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccinations, as well as COVID testing and treatment.
The funding, allocated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is made available under the American Rescue Plan, the COVID-19 relief bill approved by Congress and signed into law by President Biden.
This announcement was made today by U.S. Rep. Grace Meng during a press conference and tour at the CBWCHC vaccination center in Flushing. U.S. Rep. Meng, a strong supporter of the legislation and helped pass the measure in the House of Representatives, believes this funding is vital in the community’s recovery from this pandemic.
CBWCHC Chief Executive Officer, Kaushal Challa thanks Congresswoman Meng, and all our elected officials for their support of President Biden’s $10 million investment to CBWCHC to expand access to primary care, COVID-19 vaccines, and support for our staff and communities.
“The CBWCHC is grateful to the Biden administration for making funds available through the American Rescue Plan to expand vaccine access and primary care in underserved communities. COVID-19 has brought into focus the many ways that demographic and societal factors affect people’s health. Health Centers like ours are reaching deep into our communities to address health inequities. This year, we have administered over 27,000 vaccine doses so far, with focus on those who are elderly, or more likely to face barriers when trying to access healthcare,” says Challa.