Federal gov’t assigns over $18.8 million to Puerto Rico health centers
SAN JUAN — Health service centers in Puerto Rico and programs for the population with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) will receive an allocation of more than $18 million approved by the U.S. Health Department’s Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
Announced Friday by Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González, the funds total $18,836,544.
The HRSA will assign $5,828,312 under the Health Center Cluster federal grant. The program provides funding to community organizations that offer comprehensive primary health care services in areas where economic or geographic barriers limit access to these services. Those health centers are known are “Centers 300” because they receive federal funds through Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act.
The resident commissioner explained that the funds will be distributed among four organizations. Consejo De Salud De Puerto Rico Inc.–which has six centers in Ponce, Peñuelas, Juana Díaz and Villalba—will receive $1,767,903; Cidra’s Health Services and Advanced Medicine Corp. will receive $1,008,846; the Migrant Health Center in Mayagüez will receive $1,414,399; and the Patillas Community will receive $1,637,164.
González also indicated that in order to assess the needs of people who are HIV-positive, the HRSA will allocate $13,008,232 for different programs conducted by health organizations islandwide. The Health Department will receive the largest assignment of more than $12,245,611 under Title II of the Ryan White Act.
Meanwhile, under Title III of the Ryan White Act, Loíza’s Concilio de Salud Integral (Council of Integral Health) will receive $46,103; the Migrant Health Center will receive an additional $195,500; Ponce’s Ararat Center will receive $170,480; the Lares Center will receive $182,214; and Gurabo Community Health Center Inc. will receive $168,324.