HRSA Delivers Hurricane Aid

Dr. George Sigounas (right) met Friday with attorney Jose Camacho, Executive Dir. of the Texas Association of Community Health Centers, on a tour of Houston -- hard hit last year by Hurricane Harvey. HRSA awarded nearly $60 million in recovery funds to 161 community health centers earlier this month.
Dr. George Sigounas (right) met with attorney Jose Camacho, Executive Dir. of the Texas Association of Community Health Centers, on a tour of Houston -- hard hit last year by Hurricane Harvey. HRSA awarded nearly $60 million in recovery funds to 161 community health centers earlier this month.

 

HRSA-supported community health centers across six southern states and two U.S. territories that were affected by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria last year received special funding Sept. 6 through the Capital Assistance for Hurricane Response and Recovery Efforts (CARE) initiative -- designed to help underwrite repairs and ensure continued access to primary health care services in their communities

"Health centers serve as lifelines to services and networks of resources in their communities every day, and especially during a crisis," said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. in announcing the awards. "These grants build on other HHS investments to ensure that health centers can continue to serve communities impacted ... and strengthen their readiness to respond to the needs of the community after future hurricanes or other disasters."

 

Dr. Sigounas met with officials of Houston's St. Hope Foundation health center on Friday, including President and CEO Rodney Goodie (center), with pharmacist Ronald Davis, to discuss the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in 2017.
Dr. Sigounas met with officials of Houston's St. Hope Foundation health center on Friday, including President and CEO Rodney Goodie (center), with pharmacist Ronald Davis, to discuss the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in 2017.

 

The funding was made available by the Bipartisan Budget Act, signed by President Trump in February. CARE offers capital assistance and support for minor alteration, renovation and equipment costs to assist HRSA-funded health centers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, South Carolina and Texas, as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. See a complete list of recipients.

 

"In the aftermath of the hurricanes, we granted affected health centers flexibility in the use of HRSA funds to ensure continuity of services and assist in recovery efforts," said HRSA Administrator George Sigounas, MS, Ph.D. "This funding is the latest in HRSA's efforts to support these communities as they continue to recover."

Established in 1999, St. Hope serves more than 18,000 patients who were especially isolated when Hurricane Harvey roared ashore on Sept. 2, 2017. The health center has been a key prevention contractor for the City of Houston, the HHS, Bureau of HIV/STD and Viral Hepatitis Prevention, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) -- screening more than 30,000 people since first opening its doors.
Established in 1999, St. Hope HRSA Exit Disclaimer serves more than 18,000 patients who were especially isolated when Hurricane Harvey roared ashore on Sept. 2, 2017. The health center has been a key prevention contractor for the City of Houston, the HHS, Bureau of HIV/STD and Viral Hepatitis Prevention, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) -- screening more than 30,000 people since first opening its doors.

Date Last Reviewed:  September 2018