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Pascrell Secures $1.2M for Paterson Community Health Center Amid Coronavirus Crisis

Washington, DC, March 13, 2020

U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) announced today that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $1,124,270 to the Paterson Community Health Center to assist the center in providing primary health care to low-income Paterson residents.

"Amid the current outbreak of COVID-19, this grant will allow Paterson Community Health to provide high-quality health care services to our neighbors who need it most," said Rep. Pascrell. “Paterson Community Health has offered cost-effective and accessible care to Patersonians for decades. As coronavirus continues to spread, I am confident that Paterson Community Health will play a pivotal role in protecting our community. While the Trump Administration continues to block Medicaid from helping with costs associated with coronavirus treatment, this federal funding will help alleviate costs and potentially save lives.”

Opened in 1979, Paterson Community Health offers primary care services to low-income Paterson residents along with oral health, mental health, and substance abuse services at both permanent locations. The program also offers on-site dental services at community based organizations, schools, day care centers, churches, and public housing developments. The Paterson Community Health Center has two facilities, located at 32 Clinton Street, and at 227 Broadway near Paterson’s downtown area, as well as a mobile van that provides community-based health and dental care to the entire City of Paterson. As a major source of Paterson Community Health’s annual funding, this grant will serve as a resource for the health center to continue providing support and services to uninsured patients.

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