Pueblo Community Health Center Receives Emergency Grant from Direct Relief
(May 29, 2020, Pueblo, CO) – Pueblo Community Health Center (PCHC) 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.
PCHC was among 518 federally qualified health centers to receive funding 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.
“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic response, PCHC’s dental clinic has remained open for its enrolled patients who experience urgent or emergency situations related to their oral health. We are slowly re-opening the dental clinic to provide more services. The Direct Relief Funds will be used to the services our patients need. Restarting dental care for our patients is part of helping them achieve overall good health,” said Donald Moore, PCHC CEO.
“Access to primary care is what keeps people healthy and out of the hospital, and the frontline work of PCHC 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 PCHC 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).
Pueblo Community Health Center’s mission has been the same since 1983: To provide primary health care to those in need. In 2020, over 23,000 patients received care at a PCHC facility. To learn more about PCHC and its Foundation, please visit www.pueblochc.org and like or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.