HHS Awards More Than $21 Million to Support Health Centers’ COVID-19 Response

July 9, 2020

Today, HHS awarded more than $21 million to support health centers’ COVID-19 response efforts. The majority of this investment—$17 million—supports 78 Health Center Program look-alikes (LALs) with funding to expand capacity for COVID-19 testing.

With this funding, LALs will expand the range of testing and testing-related activities to best address the needs of their communities, including the purchase of personal protective equipment; training for staff; outreach, procurement, and administration of tests; laboratory services; notifying identified contacts of infected health center patients of their exposure to COVID-19; and the expansion of walk-up or drive-up testing capabilities.

HRSA also awarded over $4.5 million to support the COVID-19 response of Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCNs). HCCNs support health centers to improve quality of care and patient safety by using health information technology to reduce costs and improve care coordination. The funding will strengthen health IT support necessary for participating health centers to effectively prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19.

HRSA’s Bureau of Primary Health Care and Office of Federal Assistance Management will host a Fiscal and Grants Management Orientation webinar for recipients of the Look-Alikes: Expanding Capacity for Coronavirus Testing (LAL ECT) funding. The webinar will highlight key fiscal and grants management requirements with strategies to ensure compliance and properly manage the LAL ECT award.

LAL ECT Fiscal and Grants Management Webinar
Wednesday, July 15
2:30-4:00 p.m. ET
Join the webinar the day of the session
Call-in: 888-566-7701
Passcode: 9747226
Submit questions ahead of time to OFAMFTA@hrsa.gov.
Visit the LAL ECT technical assistance page to access resources for award recipients.