NCCHCA is pleased to announce that the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem, North Carolina awarded a $400,000 grant to help North Carolina’s Community Health Centers recover from the devastation of Hurricane Matthew.
The funding will enable Kinston Community Health Center (Lenoir County), Carolina Family Health Centers (Edgecombe County) and Goshen Medical Centers (locations in Cumberland, Duplin, and Columbus counties) to make necessary repairs to their hurricane damaged sites and ensure that high quality primary care remains accessible to anyone seeking services at their health centers.
In addition to $400,000 from the Trust, health centers will seek recovery funds from the Federal Emergency Management Association.
“We know how crucial our Community Health Centers are in North Carolina’s low income, rural, and urban communities. We’re extremely thankful for the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust’s proactive engagement with hurricane recovery to minimize the impact on North Carolina’s most vulnerable people.” says Ben Money, CEO and President of North Carolina Community Health Center Association.
North Carolina’s community health centers have a long history of providing access to primary health care services in communities with limited access to health care. Health centers provide high quality primary care at low cost to every patient who walks in the door, regardless of ability to pay. Community health centers are, by their nature, effective, efficient, local businesses that serve vital roles in communities that may have limited health care options. They are community governed, patient-majority boards keep them focused on local needs. CHCs relieve the pressure on emergency departments, and assist patients with social factors that affect health in the short and long term. NCCHCA includes 38 community health centers with 200 locations in 72 North Carolina counties, which serve nearly half a million patients.
The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust was established in 1947 and is now one of the largest private trusts in North Carolina. Its mission is to improve the quality of life and quality of health for the financially needy of North Carolina. The Health Care Division promotes wellness state-wide by investing in prevention and treatment. The Poor and Needy Division of the Trust responds to basic life needs and invests in solutions that improve the quality of life and health for financially needy residents of Forsyth County. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. serves as sole trustee.
About the North Carolina Community Health Association
The North Carolina Community Health Center Association serves as the collective voice for North Carolina’s 40 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and Look-alikes (LAs)—aka Community Health Centers (CHCs). Our members offer a patient-governed, patient-centered health care home that integrates high quality medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, and enabling services without regard to a person’s ability to pay. NCCHCA members are geographically dispersed across 74 counties and operate 200 clinical sites.