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Scenic Bluffs Health Center awarded $1.8 million grant from American Rescue Plan
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Scenic Bluffs Health Center awarded $1.8 million grant from American Rescue Plan

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Scenic Bluffs Health Center has been awarded $1.8 million in federal grants from the American Rescue Plan to assist in expanding the nonprofit’s COVID-19 vaccination and treatment operations.

Scenic Bluffs Community Health Centers

Scenic Bluffs Community Health Centers

The American Rescue Plan is investing to support vaccine access in rural and underserved communities, and Scenic Bluffs can utilize the funds to expand coronavirus vaccination efforts, testing and treatment in addition to providing preventative and primary health care services to those who are at high risk for the virus.

The grant will also go toward expanding operational capacity and physical infrastructure and acquiring mobile care units.

“Our Community Health Centers have been on the frontlines of combatting COVID-19 and are critical to providing quality care, especially in our rural regions,” said Rep. Ron Kind, co-chair of the House Rural Health Care Coalition and part of the Subcommittee on Health for the Ways and Means Committee. “I’m glad to see the American Rescue Plan delivering the support our Community Health Centers need as they work to get shots in arms and protect Wisconsinites from this virus.”

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The health care center, based in Cashton and Norwalk and offering dental and behavioral health services in surrounding areas including La Crosse, has been “a stalwart presence in our communities during the pandemic,” says its CEO/Executive Director Mari Freiberg, MPH.

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“From testing to treatment to now getting people vaccinated, it’s been our mission and role to provide that care and support for our communities, and we’ve done a great job,” says Freiberg. “The continued recognition of this role by Rep. Kind and the federal government, and additional resources through the American Rescue Plan, will allow us to continue to provide testing, treatment and the important public health work of vaccination.”

Midwestern states are preparing to scale up their distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine as quickly as possible, to as many people as possible, now that the vaccine supply provided through the federal government seems assured.

Emily Pyrek can be reached at emily.pyrek@lee.net.

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