Barbara Lee Announces $16M in Federal Health Grants

For Immediate Release:  April 28, 2014
Contact: Katherine Jolly, (510) 763-0370

Oakland, CA. – Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) announced a total of  $15,926,537 in Department of Health and Human Services grant to Bay Area community health care providers.  These grants will allow Alameda County Health Care Services Agency, Asian Health Services*, La Clinica de La Raza, Lifelong Medical Care and West Oakland Health Council, Inc. to provide quality and affordable medical and dental services to underserved populations in the East Bay.

“I am proud that these community health centers  will receive this critical federal funding to continue to respond to the medical needs of the most vulnerable in our community,” said Congresswoman Barbara Lee.  “As a member of the Labor, Health and Humans Services Appropriations Subcommittee, and co-chair of the Congressional Asian and Pacific American Caucus Healthcare Taskforce, I will continue fight for resources to enable community health centers to provide the medically underserved quality and affordable healthcare in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner.” 

The individual grant amounts are provided below:

Alameda County Health Care Services Agency: $1,131,856
Lifelong Medical Care: $2,896,217
La Clinica de La Raza, Inc.: $5,742,761
Asian Health Services*: $2,757,336
West Oakland Health Council, INC: $3,398,367

Alameda County's Health Services Program is administered by the Health Care Services Agency and includes the following program areas: Behavioral Health Care, Public Health, Environmental Health, and Agency Administration/Indigent Health. The ultimate mission of Health Care Services Agency is to provide fully integrated health care services through a comprehensive network of public and private partnerships that ensure optimal health and well-being and respect the diversity of all residents.

Asian Health Services*  is a community health center that serves for the medically underserved, including the immigrant and refugee Asian community, and advocates assure equal access to health care services regardless of income, insurance status, language, or culture.  They serve over 24,000 patients and over 105,000 patient visits annually.   Asian Health Services staff is fluent in English and eleven Asian languages: Cantonese, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Karen Korean, Khmer (Cambodian), Mien, Mongolian, Tagalog, Lao and Burmese.

LifeLong Medical Care, a dynamic nonprofit community organization with nine locations, delivering quality health services for all ages. LifeLong is one of Alameda County’s primary safety net providers of medical, dental, and social services. In 2010, LifeLong provided approximately 170,000 health care visits to over 22,000 underserved individuals, many with complex health conditions.

La Clínica is a provider of primary health care and other services, with 32 sites spread across Alameda, Contra Costa and Solano Counties. La Clínica delivers health care services in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner to most effectively address the needs of the diverse populations it serves. La Clínica served over 80,000 patients in 2012 and provided 371,363 patient visits. With over forty-two years of experience serving the community, La Clínica is one of the largest community health centers in the State of California.

The West Oakland Health Council, Inc was established was established by West Oakland community activists in 196. Since then Council expanded to seven facilities serving West/North Oakland, East Oakland, Emeryville and Berkeley. Council services include primary medical care, dentistry, optometry, mental health care for adults and children, residential and non-residential substance abuse recovery services, adult day health care, and ancillary support - including pharmacy, laboratory, radiology, health education, social services, and the W.I.C. nutritional supplement program.  The Council provides services to approximately 21,000 patients each year, through over 120,000 annual clinic patient visits.

*The grant to Asian Health Services was previously announced in March 2014.


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Congresswoman Lee is a member of the Appropriations and Budget Committees, the Steering and Policy Committee, is a Senior Democratic Whip, as well as the Whip of the Congressional Progressive Caucus(CPC), where she serves as the Co-Chair of the CPC Peace and Security Task Force.