WILMINGTON, Del.  — Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, Sen. Chris Coons, and Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (all D-Del.) announced La Red Health Center as the recipient of a $3.8 million grant award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This federal funding was made possible by the American Rescue Plan, passed by Congress and signed into law by President Biden in March.

The American Rescue Plan provides $7.6 billion for community health centers and Federally Qualified Health Centers. These funds can cover retroactive costs incurred since the beginning of the pandemic and can be used for activities necessary to respond to COVID-19, including testing, vaccine administration, delivery of health care services, infrastructure modifications, and community outreach and education.

“This year, La Red is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and it may be its toughest year yet,” said Sen. Carper. “Working with local churches and organizations to reach out to the most rural parts of Sussex County, La Red reaches tens of thousands of Delawareans who face barriers to receiving care, especially during this pandemic when so many patients were home-bound. I’m so proud that we are able to fund our federally qualified health centers like La Red so that all Delawareans can access quality, affordable health care.”

“Community health centers are critical to providing high-quality health care to some of our state’s most vulnerable communities,” said Sen. Coons. “I am proud that through the American Rescue Plan, La Red Health Center was able to secure federal funding to expand access to the care they have been delivering to Delawareans during this pandemic.” 

“Throughout the entire COVID pandemic, La Red and all of Delaware’s community health centers have provided heroic care to our communities,” said Rep. Blunt Rochester. “I’m so pleased that the Delaware Delegation, working with the Biden Administration was able to secure this key funding so that La Red can continue their critical work and help keep Delawareans healthy and well.” 

La Red and Delaware’s other Federally Qualified Health Centers provide Delawareans with affordable, quality health services and offer a critical safety net that uninsured Delawareans can rely on in a time of need. This grant award will use the American Rescue Plan funds to expand their efforts to provide quality health care delivery to those Delawareans who otherwise would not have it.