NEWARK, N.J. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker today announced the awarding of $11,127,936 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to expand COVID-19 testing at Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) across the state. Late last month, Governor Phil Murphy announced a detailed plan to reopen the state and its economy, which included expanding testing capabilities. FQHCs are trusted providers for many in lower-income communities who need access to health care services.

“Expanding New Jersey’s testing capabilities is not only critical to the health and safety of our residents, but also to getting our economy moving again,” said Sen. Booker. “Our community health centers provide vital health care services to some of our most underserved communities and play an important role in our larger effort to contain the spread of this virus and protecting all New Jerseyans.”

“Our state and nation cannot safely and responsibly begin to lift stay-at-home orders and reopen our economy until we expand our testing capabilities,” said Sen. Menendez. “This funding will allow our FQHCs to continue caring for the most vulnerable in our communities and ensure they can test their patients. I appreciate Gov. Murphy’s leadership during this difficult time and will continue working to secure the federal resources our state needs to combat the virus, support our families and small businesses and boost our economy.”

FQHCs can use this funding to expand testing and testing-related activities such as, the purchase of personal protective equipment, staff training and the procurement and administration of COVID-19 tests.

The senators have secured over $32.6 million to support New Jersey’s FQHCs mission in battling the pandemic.

The following FQHC received funding:

North Hudson Community Action Corporation                        $1,190,419


Community Health Care, Inc.                                                $1,033,594


Southern Jersey Family Medical Centers, Inc.                       $905,944


Newark Community Health Centers, Inc.                               $873,184


Lakewood Resource And Referral Center, Inc.                      $819,484


Zufall Health Center, Inc.                                                      $694,774


CAMcare Health Corporation                                                 $674,164

Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc.                                                 $575,404


Jewish Renaissance Medical Center                                     $455,134


Henry J. Austin Health Center, Inc.                                       $374,494


Metropolitan Family Health Network, Inc.                              $353,389


Rutgers University (New Brunswick)                                      $345,949

Osborn Family Health Center, Inc.                                        $318,604


Visiting Nurse Association Of
Central Jersey Community Health Center                              $312,424 


Paterson Community Health Center Inc.                                $307,579


Monmouth Family Health Center                                           $303,409


Horizon Health Center, Inc                                                    $292,204


Neighborhood Health Services Corporation                           $267,289


City of Newark                                                                      $263,824


Atlanticare Health Services, Inc.                                            $224,629


Project H.O.P.E.                                                                   $183,514


Saint James Health, Inc                                                        $135,349


The Jewish Renaissance Foundation Inc.                             $112,129


Rutgers University (Newark)                                                  $111,049