CAMDEN, NJ – U.S. Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) announced on August 9 that two federally-qualified health centers in South Jersey will receive $305,795 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Health Center Program.
CAMcare Health Corporation, which has serviced Camden and Gloucester counties since 1978, will receive $167,000 to provide care for those in need in South Jersey. Project H.O.P.E., which specializes in the health and well-being of homeless residents in Camden, will receive $138,795 to provide healthcare to the homeless and enhance substance abuse programs.
Congressman Norcross said that investing in health care will help families and communities alike.
“Everyone ought to have access to quality health care. It’s that simple, and community health centers play an important role in ensuring there’s access for all. That’s why, this week, we’re celebrating Health Center Week together to recognize health centers like CAMcare and Project H.O.P.E. that provide high-quality healthcare for South Jersey families that need it most, and, in turn, keep our neighbors healthy and out of Emergency Rooms,” Congressman Norcross said in a statement. “Investments like these improve the well-being of our neighbors and friends, help us battle the disease of addiction at home and support jobs for hard-working health care professionals who devote their time to helping others.”
President and CEO of CAMcare Health Corporation Mark Roberts explained how the funds will be utilized at CAMcare.
“These funds will be used to increase healthcare to the unserved families in South Jersey,” said Roberts. “We will hire two full time Licensed Clinical Social Workers, which will expand behavioral health and substance abuse services. Today community leaders, including Congressman Norcross attended Camcare National Health Center Week closing ceremony, to highlight Federally Qualified Health Centers essential care regardless of the patients’ social or economic status.”
Patricia DeShields, CEO of Project H.O.P.E., said the funds will help them expand services.
“This funding enables Project H.O.P.E. to increase our capacity for delivering high quality integrated care to individuals who come to our health center for primary care and behavioral health services including mental health and/or substance use disorders,” DeShields said. “We know that success in managing chronic disease is a result of an integrated model of care, the coordination of care provided to every patient addressing social determinants, mental health and substance use in the primary care setting. Project H.O.P.E., a Community Health Center in Camden City, is especially excited to receive this notice of funding during National Health Center Week 2019. Since their birth in the 1960’s Community Health Centers have been leaders in the movement to identify and address the impact of environmental and social factors on health and well-being.”
The Health Center Program is overseen by HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and aims to improve health care access and strengthen the health workforce. Nearly 28 million Americans rely on HRSA-funded medical centers.
Correction: An earlier version of the story incorrectly stated the number of Americans who rely on HRSA-funded centers. This number has been corrected.