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Island to receive $24 million in new health care funds

Canóvanas Mayor Lornna Soto Villa

By John McPhaul

Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González Colón on Wednesday detailed a new item of federal funds for the island coming from various programs of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that total nearly $24 million.

“Many of the basic services that are provided on the island are partially or completely financed with federal funds, including health programs, care and attention to minors and the most vulnerable,” the resident commissioner said. “That is why I urge the agencies, municipalities, and organizations to send me their recommendations to support federal programs that are a priority for the island, such as the ones we are announcing today. I congratulate the recipients of these allocations who put the federal funds that we have secured for Puerto Rico into action, with a direct impact on the communities, improving the quality of life.”

Of the total allocation of $23,919,095, under the HHS Head Start program, Canóvanas will receive $1,936,357, the Family Strengthening Center of Puerto Rico $1,040,747, and the Educational Workshop of Caguas Inc. $642,273, while the Department of Health has allocated $3,183,213 for Maternal and Child Care Services.

Canóvanas Mayor Lornna Soto Villa stated that “in Canóvanas we do not stop working on our municipal education system, and thanks to the support of our employees and the constant work of the resident commissioner, Jenniffer González, we fulfill our mission of providing services of excellence that contribute to the integrated development of the children, families and communities of Canóvanas.”

“We aim to improve the quality of life and achieve successful school readiness for [our younger] children by implementing innovative strategies and high-quality learning environments,” the mayor said. “Likewise, now with these funds we can further promote the service to pregnant women and children from zero months to four years and 11 months of age, residents of Canóvanas and neighboring towns.”

Several health centers will receive federal funds so they can continue to provide high-quality, culturally competent, and comprehensive community primary health care services to the most vulnerable individuals and families, including the homeless, farmworkers, public housing residents and elderly veterans.

The centers that will receive funds in this item are Salud Integral en la Montaña Inc. $8,019,286, Servicios De Salud Primarios De Barceloneta Inc. $3,866,960, SANOS Corp. $3,226,112, and Morovis Community Health Center Inc. $200,000.

The president and chief executive officer of Salud Integral en la Montaña (SIM), Dr. Gloria del C. Amador Fernández, said: “Once again we celebrate the granting of $8,019,286 in federal funds to guarantee the continuity of services in the mountain municipalities and over the 38 towns that we serve.”

“We thank the resident commissioner, Jenniffer González, for her constant defense in the budget process in the United States Congress, in favor of the thousands of patients we serve daily at the 330 Centers and for her constant support to maintain these funds,” she added.

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