VALPARAISO | A Valparaiso-based federally qualified health center will receive more than $1.3 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The money is part of a continuing grant under the Health Resources and Services Administration Fiscal Year 2014 Service Area Competition.
U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, announced the grant award Friday.
“HealthLinc, Inc. continues to demonstrate their commitment to serving the uninsured and underinsured populations of Northwest Indiana,” Visclosky stated. “This award will be instrumental to HealthLinc as it continues to provide a wide-range of high-quality health care services to the people of Northwest Indiana. I commend the HealthLinc staff for their tireless work to improve the health disparities of our region.”
The federal funding will allow HealthLinc to continue providing affordable primary care, including medical, dental, behavioral health and optometry services, regardless of patients’ level of health insurance coverage.
“HealthLinc is appreciative of the confidence HRSA has in our organization to continue servicing the residents of Northwest Indiana that need high-quality, affordable healthcare,” said CEO Beth Wrobel in a statement. “We thank Congressman Visclosky for his continued support of HealthLinc and for ensuring that all Northwest Indiana residents receive the health care that Americans deserve.”
HealthLinc operates five standalone health clinics in Valparaiso, Michigan City, Knox, Mishawaka and East Chicago and has a clinic site integrated into a community mental health center in Valparaiso.
HealthLinc recently added a seventh site by deploying a mobile medical/dental unit serving school-aged children and their families.