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March 31, 2021

Health centers receive funding for vaccine distribution

CUMBERLAND — As part of the American Rescue Plan to expand capacity at federal community health centers for COVID-19 vaccine distribution and access to health care beyond the pandemic, the Western Maryland Health Care Corp. in Oakland will receive $1.67 million.

Tri-State Community Health Center in Hancock was awarded $3.085 million.

The $68.8 million in funding statewide was announced by U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Rep. David Trone.

The delegation also announced additional funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to expand maternal health services and support medical research across Maryland. The Western Maryland Health Care Corp. in Cumberland will receive $1.2 million.

Throughout the pandemic, the Maryland delegation has secured millions of federal dollars for CHCs, including $9 million to support community health centers in Western Maryland and Baltimore.

More than $2.7 million was awarded for family health services and COVID-19 research at the University of Maryland.