WASHINGTON – (April 16, 2020) –The Siemens Foundation today announced it is providing $1.5 million to community health centers across 12 U.S. cities to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. Community health centers are the nation's largest primary care provider for the medically underserved and uninsured, reaching 29 million of those most in-need. As a result of COVID-19, these health centers face a shortage of funding to stay operational and maintain a sufficient workforce, further crippling their ability to provide affordable healthcare at a critical time. Aligning with its dedication to social equity, the non-profit organization established by Siemens USA, including funding provided by Siemens Healthineers, is committed to supporting these critical healthcare providers so they can continue serving their communities when they are needed most.
"As the COVID-19 crisis disproportionately threatens lower-income and medically underserved communities, it's vital for us to support the institutions that sustain our social compact," said David Etzwiler, CEO of the Siemens Foundation. "Community health centers and their staff are on the front lines providing primary care every day and they now play an especially vital role in our medical services infrastructure when emergency services and hospital settings are overwhelmed. Vital services like these are paramount to advancing equity in America."
The following health centers were selected using equity criteria developed by the Siemens Foundation in consultation with the National Association of Community Health Centers, the Minnesota Association of Community Health Centers, and Siemens:
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Chase Brexton Health Services in Baltimore
Chicago Family Health Center in Chicago
Western Wayne Family Health Centers in Metro Detroit
Daughters of Charity Services/Marillac Community Health Center in New Orleans
Delaware Valley Community Health, Inc., in Philadelphia
Stride Community Health Center in Denver
Newark Community Health Centers, Inc., in Newark
WATTS Healthcare Corporation in Los Angeles
Mary's Center for Maternal and Child Health Care in Washington, D.C.
Morris Heights Health Center, Inc., in New York
Community Health Centers in Orlando
International Community Health Services in Seattle
The $1.5 million commitment is funded, in part, by The Siemens Healthineers Fund of the Siemens Foundation, supported by Siemens Healthineers business in the United States. The centers will receive the investments over the next few weeks and will be free to use the funding however they deem it is most needed.