SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Pat Quinn Tuesday announced $14.5 million available to build and renovate community health centers throughout Illinois.
The funds, included in Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now! construction program, will allow the state to reduce health care spending and save taxpayers money. Today’s announcement is part of Quinn’s agenda ensure all people have access to quality health care and improve the health and well-being of people throughout Illinois.
“An investment in community health centers is an investment in the health and wellness of the people of Illinois,” Quinn said. “It is also a critical and essential step in transforming our health care system.”
Community health centers may apply for the funds at www.illinois.gov/cdb. A total of $30.5 million in Illinois Jobs Now! funding has been distributed since 2011 to community health centers.
The Community Health Center Construction Act, signed by Quinn in 2009, provides funding to repair outdated buildings, convert vacant commercial space, build new health center facilities and purchase new equipment for additional services such as OB/GYN and dental. The funds are administered through the state’s Capital Development Board. In addition to providing needed health care facilities, the grants are expected to create about 215 construction jobs.
Community health centers are nonprofit entities created by Congress to meet the health care needs of underserved communities and high-risk patients. These centers fill a void by providing care for those whom other providers often do not serve, including the low income, uninsured or homeless; or those with HIV/AIDS, substance abuse problems or special medical needs.