The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced on Wednesday, May 4 that Heartland Community Health Center will be awarded a grant from the Health Infrastructure Investment Program (HIIP). Health and Human Services secretary Sylvia M Burwell announced over $260 million in funding to 290 Community Health Centers nationwide. Among the awards is $1,000,000 to Heartland Community Health Center of Lawrence, one of only three awards made to Kansas Health Centers.

“We are thrilled and humbled by this announcement,” said Jon Stewart, Heartland CEO. “These funds will allow Heartland to purchase new exam room equipment, upgrade technology and renovate our facility to serve more patients. In turn, this will mean a better patient experience and improved access to high quality care.”

This investment builds on the nearly $150 million awarded to 160 health centers for construction and/or renovation in September 2015. This funding comes from the Affordable Care Act’s Community Health Center (CHC) Fund, which was extended with bipartisan support in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015.

“Health centers are cornerstones of the communities they serve,” said Secretary
Burwell. “Today’s awards will empower health centers to build more capacity and provide needed health care to hundreds of thousands of additional individuals and their families.”

Heartland Community Health Center is a comprehensive primary care provider that serves . Lawrence, KS and surrounding areas. Heartland offers quality, affordable, integrated primary care to all community members, regardless of income or insurance status.

For a list of HHS Awards recipients, visit: http://bphc.hrsa.gov/programopportunities/fundingopportunities/hiip/2016awards/

To learn more about HRSA’s Health Center Program, visit http://bphc.hrsa.gov/about/