Congresswoman Laura Richardson (CA-37) Announces Nearly $1M in Affordable Care Act Grants for Local School Based Health Centers in Watts and Long Beach
WASHINGTON, D.C.–Congresswoman Laura Richardson announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded a total of $984,999 in Affordable Care Act grant funding to The Children’s Clinic in Long Beach and the Watts Healthcare Corporation health center in Los Angeles in support of school based health center initiatives.
“With childhood obesity rates climbing and more children than ever facing long term chronic health issues, so it’s critical that families have access to affordable health care and educational services,” said Congresswoman Richardson. “School based health centers are perfect places to address children’s’ health care needs and for some of our nation’s most disadvantaged youth, they are the only health care option available. Grants from the School-Based Health Centers Capital Program are just one way in which the Affordable Care Act helps ensure no child goes without the health care they so desperately need. I am proud to have voted in favor of this historic legislation and grateful to see immediate effects on families in the 37th District.”
The Children’s Clinic’s (TCC) “Serving Children and Their Families” program will receive $485,000 in funding. Founded in 1939, TCC’s services have grown from offering weekly well-child care to a daily, full service health care facility with primary care services offered to children, adolescents and adults. TCC is known as a unique leader in the greater Long Beach community, providing care for the under-served of all ages and improving health and well-being while addressing disparities in health by offering them a true “medical home.”
The Watts Healthcare Corporation (WHCC) health center will receive $499,999 in funding. WHCC is dedicated to providing preventive, medical, dental and substance abuse treatment services to the poor and uninsured of the Los Angeles area. WHCC’s programs have been nationally recognized for their outstanding quality and for their comprehensiveness. WHCC offers both primary and specialty medical and dental services provided at their main site in Watts as well as services such as medical translation, patient transportation and numerous patient education programs. WHCC’s excellent vision care, podiatry, physical therapy, mammography and other radiology services on site make them unique among its peers.
The School-Bases Health Center Capital Program (SBHCC) is the first federal grant program of its kind to focus funding for the establishment and improvement of health care at local schools.