M-HC health center receives funds to help combat virus

The Martinsville Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness is among seven community health centers located in Virginia’s Ninth Congressional District, according to a release from 9th District U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith.

The $58,052 awarded to the center can be used for screening and testing, acquiring medical supplies, and boosting telehealth capacity, according to a release.

The funds were awarded as part of the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020, which Griffith supported.

“Community health centers provide care to many in Southwest Virginia, and during the coronavirus outbreak they have a critical role to play,” Griffith said in the release. “The distribution of $418,976 in funds to centers across the region will provide much-needed support for testing, buying supplies, and expanding use of telehealth. This will support the hard work and expert care provided by the professionals at our community health centers.”

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded a total $418,976, with centers in other areas of the district also receiving funds, including:

Bland County Medical Clinic, Bastian – $58,106

Clinch River Health Services, Dungannon – $53,608

Free Clinic of the New River Valley, Christiansburg – $57,041

Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems, Saltville – $66,703

St. Charles Health Council, Jonesville – $66,280

Tri-Area Community Health, Laurel Fork – $59,186

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