Congresswoman Bustos Announces More Than $8 Million In Grants For Local Health Centers

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos announced that health centers across the district will receive $8,251,258 in total grant funding. These federal dollars were awarded through the Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Center Cluster Program that helps community-based health care organizations provide primary care for underserved communities.

“All hardworking Americans should have access to affordable care, and it is without a doubt that community health centers are vital in providing this care throughout our region,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “I am pleased to announce these federal investments which will go a long way in keeping our families and our communities healthy.”

The Whiteside County Health Department and Community Health Clinic received $1,804,203 and Crusader Central Clinic Association in Rockford received $6,447,055 in Health Center Cluster Grants.

Background: Congresswoman Bustos has been a longtime advocate for community health centers that provide care to more than 1.3 million Illinoisans in underserved areas. When community-based health clinics faced a 70% cut in funding last year, Congresswoman Bustos sent a letter to chairmen and ranking members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee, urging them to prioritize full reauthorization. She also spoke on the House floor to encourage her colleagues to act.