Health Access For All today announced an infusion of $50,000 in emergency grant funding from the medical aid organization Direct Relief, in partnership with the National Association of Community Health Centers.
Health Access For All was among 518 federally qualified health centers to receive funding this week through Direct Relief’s $25 million Covid-19 Fund for Community Health, which recognizes the profound effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the finances, services, staff, and patients of community health centers.
Health Access For All will use the funds to help our effort to prepare and respond to Covid-19 pandemic. In addition, the funding will be used for the education of our local community in the prevention of Covid-19.
“Access to primary care is what keeps people healthy and out of the hospital, and the frontline work of Health Access For All and other nonprofit community health centers across the U.S. is more critical than ever with the onset of Covid-19,” said Direct Relief President and CEO Thomas Tighe. “Direct Relief is doing everything possible to bolster the work and support the staffs at the safety-net health facilities on which so many patients and their families rely for excellent care and trust for advice in this public health emergency.”
Nearly 30 million (1 in 12) of the country’s most vulnerable residents — including 1 in 3 individuals living in poverty, 1 in 5 Medicaid beneficiaries, and 1 in 9 children — rely on federally qualified health centers like Health Access For All for their health care. That number is expected to rise as more people lose employer-sponsored insurance.
“We are grateful for this critical and immediate support as Community Health Centers work hard to keep communities safe during an unprecedented pandemic,” said Tom Van Coverden, President & CEO of the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC). “We are also deeply appreciative of our longstanding partnership with Direct Relief in these uncertain times and their efforts to ensure that health centers confronting multiple challenges in underserved communities have the resources when and where they need them. We know that many donors and contributors have helped to make this fund possible, and we further extend our appreciation to all of them.”
About Health Access For All: Health Access for All Inc, dba Angeles Community Health Center (ACHC) is a grass roots, community-based 501(c)(3) California nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide high quality, comprehensive, primary and preventive medical, dental and behavioral health care services and education in an environment of caring, respect and dignity. ACHC’s goal is to be responsive to the needs of the communities it serves, but with continued emphasis on the underserved and those without access to care, regardless of race, economic status, age, sex, sexual orientation, or disability. ACHC serves patients in the residential and commercial Westlake neighborhood in central Los Angeles with additional sites located in the city of Huntington Park and Gardena, in the south-central region of Los Angeles.