March 30, 2021

North Shore Community Health Secures Critical Grant Funding from American Rescue Plan Act

Salem, Mass. Today, Representative Seth Moulton announced that the Department of Health and Human Services is awarding the North Shore Community Health Center with $3,086,000 worth of critical funding through the federal American Rescue Plan Act. 

This relief is expected to help the clinic manage the continued response to the coronavirus pandemic as it continues efforts to distribute vaccines and care for sick patients.

This is the latest in a series of grants made possible by federal legislation backed by Moulton including the CARES Act and American Rescue Plan. The grants will bring federal help to communities on the North Shore and in the Merrimack Valley as they address the pandemic and the economic crisis it has caused. Community health centers, such as North Shore Community Health, are leading the response in the Commonwealth.

Moulton said, “Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the team at North Shore Community Health has been on the front lines working nonstop and risking their lives to care for the sick. They are heroes, and the work continues as cases continue and we ramp up vaccinations. This grant will help end the pandemic by getting shots in arms as fast as possible.”

Margaret A. Brennan, President and CEO of North Shore Community Health said: “These critical resources are arriving at just the right time to improve NSCH’s ability to more quickly get lifesaving vaccines into the arms of our patients and members of the communities we serve. We have been vaccinating our patients since January, but with resources we had to redirect from caring for our patients. This funding will provide NSCH with the ability to play an even greater role in the fight against COVID19 while still ensuring we can provide excellent care to our patients.”

The American Rescue Plan is a $1.9 trillion rescue package. When he voted for the bill, which received no votes from Republicans, Moulton promised it would “get shots in people’s arms, Americans back to work, money in people’s pockets, and kids back in schools.”

The grant announced today will support and expand COVID-19 vaccination, testing, and treatment for vulnerable populations; deliver needed preventive and primary health care services to those at higher risk for COVID-19; and expand health centers’ operational capacity during the pandemic and beyond, including modifying and improving physical infrastructure and adding mobile units. 

This investment will help increase access to vaccinations among hard-hit populations, as well as confidence in the vaccine by empowering local, trusted health professionals in their efforts to expand vaccinations.