Source: North Jersey.com
The Paterson Community Health Center has been awarded $1.4 million in grants to help the facility continue providing medical care to low-income residents, Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. announced on Tuesday.
One of the grants is for $247,590 to provide assistance in enrolling uninsured Americans in new health insurance coverage options made available by the Affordable Care Act.
“This federal grant will allow Paterson Community Health Center to continue providing invaluable healthcare services to Patersonians that need it most,” said Pascrell in a news release. “New Jersey is in desperate need of assistance in enrolling folks in the ACA, and these federal funds will help provide our communities with the education they need regarding the healthcare options available to them through the healthcare law.
The community health center has been in operation for more than three decades, said Pascrell. “PCHC’s commitment to community health has been demonstrated time and time again, which is why I’ll fight to ensure they have the federal dollars they need to continue their critical work for the people of Paterson,” the congressman added.
The center operates two facilities — one at 32 Clinton Street and another at 227 Broadway.
Among the services at the centers are dental care as well as mental health and substance abuse services. The program also utilizes a mobile dental van which offers on-site dental services at community based organizations, schools, day care centers, churches, and public housing developments.
“We are extremely grateful for Congressman Pascrell’s efforts in helping to provide uninsured and underinsured Patersonians the help they need,” said Dr. Mary Garner, CEO of Paterson Community Health Center.