WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced that the Knox County Health Department will receive $1,427,754 in federal funding from the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Health Center Cluster Program. These grants help community-based health care organizations provide primary care for underserved communities. Congresswoman Bustos is a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, including the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Subcommittee which oversees HHS.
“Access to affordable health care is crucial for hardworking families across our region – especially for those living in rural areas,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “I’m pleased these federal dollars will support Knox County’s efforts to provide quality care, and I’ll continue to be an advocate for the health care needs of those living in our communities.”
“Grants like these play a crucial role in our ability to serve the people of Knox County,” said Michele Fishburn, Public Health Administrator of the Knox County Health Department. “We are thankful for Congresswoman Bustos’ continued support of organizations like ours and her commitment to ensuring our patients have the resources they need.”
Congresswoman Bustos serves an almost entirely rural region and has been a longtime advocate for the health of rural Americans. She also fought to include several of her provisions in the 2018 Farm Bill to improve health care in rural communities. These provisions included her bipartisan Rural Health Liaison Act, which creates a new positions at the U.S. Department of Agriculture to better serve the health needs of rural America; and the Addiction Recovery for Rural Communities Act, which equips communities with the resources they need to combat the opioid epidemic that has disproportionally hit rural America.