The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), awarded $3,004,376 to 14 health centers in Montana, to expand COVID-19 testing. Area health centers receiving funding are Marias Healthcare Services, Inc., in Shelby, which was awarded $188,044; and Glacier Community Health Center in Cut Bank, which received $144,574.
“This new funding secured by President Trump will expand the work health centers are doing to test Americans for COVID-19,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “Widespread testing is a critical step in reopening America, and health centers are vital to making testing easily accessible, especially for underserved and minority populations. Further, because health centers can help notify contacts of patients who test positive, they will continue playing an important role in cooperating with state and local public health departments.”
HRSA-funded health centers will use this funding to expand the range of testing and testing-related activities to best address the needs of their local communities, including the purchase of personal protective equipment; training for staff, outreach, procurement and administration of tests; laboratory services; notifying identified contacts of infected health center patients of their exposure to COVID-19; and the expansion of walk-up or drive-up testing capabilities.