Community health centers in two West Virginia counties are getting money from the federal government.
Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin announced the two grants on Tuesday totaling more than $1 million. The West Virginia democrats said in a news release that the money will improve access and care at community health centers in Wirt and Pendleton Counties and help support health care jobs.
"West Virginians deserve quality health care and community health centers are essential resources for so many people who would otherwise have trouble accessing or paying for care," said Rockefeller in the news release. "Better networks for medical advice and better treatment of medical conditions lead to a healthier state. I want every West Virginian to have peace of mind about their health and the health of their families - this funding is a step in that direction."
"Helping West Virginians get and stay healthy is one of my top priorities, and strengthening our community health centers is one of the best ways to do that," said Manchin in the news release. "These facilities are important community centers, both for the people who work there and those who receive care there. This grant will not only help support health care jobs, but also make sure that West Virginians will get excellent preventive and primary care to keep them healthy."
The Wirt County Health Services Association, Inc. In Elizabeth, WV will receive $521,250. Meanwhile, the Pendleton Community Care program in Franklin, WV will get $487,500 from the federal government.