South Florida health clinics win new funding from feds

Federal health officials this week announced $183 million in new grants and funding opportunities under the Affordable Care Act, including nearly $2 million for a network of federally-funded health clinics in South Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.

Community Health of South Florida was awarded nearly $2 million in grants by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services this week to train primary care doctors in the fields of family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, and psychiatry.

The grants announced Monday are part of a package of $83.4 million in grants nationwide to train new primary care doctors in the coming year under the Teaching Health Center Program, which expands residency training for medical students in community-based settings.

Then on Tuesday, HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell announced the availability of $100 million from the ACA to support an estimated 150 new health center sites across the country in 2015.

Florida already has received $309 million under the ACA since 2011 for health center services and construction, including financial support for 34 new health centers across the state.

The funding opportunity announced Tuesday, called the New Access Point grant program, will add to those 34 health centers, according to the HHS announcement, which noted that 51 Florida health centers that have received the federal grants are operating 461 clinics and other delivery sites statewide serving more than 1.1 million patients.

Public or nonprofit private entities, including tribal, faith-based and community-based organizations are eligible to apply for the NAP grants by Aug. 20 through the federal Health Resource and Services Administration.

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