WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Joe Manchin (D-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $630,480 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to help health centers provide care for minority West Virginians diagnosed with hypertension, or high blood pressure.
“Our health centers in West Virginia play such an important role in providing accessible services to those struggling with hypertension and heart health. It is crucial that we deliver the resources our health centers rely on so they can properly serve their communities and keep our medical professionals safe. I’m thankful HHS recognized the need for this funding in our communities, and will continue to advocate for additional funding for our health centers,” said Senator Capito.
“Our front line healthcare workers have gone above and beyond the call of duty to take care for our fellow West Virginians throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. As we continue to learn more about COVID-19, studies have found that minority populations are disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and that there is a direct association between high blood pressure and more severe cases of COVID-19. In West Virginia over 1 in 3 adults have hypertension, making it essential for our healthcare providers to have the necessary resources to help control high blood pressure and improve COVID-19 outcomes in our state. I am pleased HHS is investing in our health centers to ensure they can provide quality, accessible healthcare to our minority communities and as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I will continue to advocate for funding and resources to support health centers across West Virginia,” said Senator Manchin.
Individual awards listed below:
- $225,180 – Cabin Creek Health Center
- $145,080 – Valley Health Care
- $137,460 – Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center
- $122,760 – Roane County Family Health Care