U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District announced Monday that El Centro Family Health has received a nearly $4.2 million grant to support its efforts to provide health care to rural communities across Northern New Mexico.
The grant through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will help El Centro Family Health reach families at its 13 medical clinics, 11 school-based clinics, and three dental clinics.
“Community health centers provide vital health services in many rural communities throughout Northern New Mexico, ensuring that our families, friends and neighbors have access to quality, affordable care,” Luján said. “This important federal grant will enhance El Centro Family Health’s efforts to support the health and well-being of all those in New Mexico who rely on its vital services.”
The grant of $4,188,292 will assist the network of clinics that spans 22,000 square miles and serves more than 18,800 patients a year. Luján has been a strong supporter of community health centers, voting recently for legislation to fund the Community Health Center Fund through 2017 and sending a letter to the leadership of the House Appropriations Committee calling for robust funding for health centers.