Oak Orchard Health CEO Mary Ann Pettibon

BROCKPORT - Oak Orchard Health, which has centers in Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties, will receive more than $3.7 million in funding from the American Rescue Plan Act to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and increase operational capacity at its centers.

The funding, which totals $3,737,875, was announced Friday in a joint release from Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y. The funds are among nearly $400 million awarded to 63 community health centers across the state.

“This is great news for all of us at Oak Orchard Health and is another reminder of the importance of all the work we do,” Oak Orchard Health CEO Mary Ann Pettibon said in a news release.

The funds will be used to expand COVID-19 vaccinations, testing, and treatment for vulnerable populations; deliver preventive and primary health care services to people at higher risk for COVID-19, and expand health centers’ operational capacity during the pandemic and beyond. The center expansions include modifying and improving physical infrastructure and adding mobile units, according to Oak Orchard officials.

Oak Orchard Health has centers in the towns of Alexander, Batavia, and Corfu in Genesee County; Albion and Lyndonville in Orleans County, Warsaw in Wyoming County, Brockport in Monroe County, and Hornell in Steuben County.

Distribution of funding will begin in April through the Health Resources and Services Administration. HRSA-funded health centers are community-based and patient-directed organizations that deliver affordable, accessible, quality, and cost-effective primary health care to high-need urban, rural, and frontier communities across the country.

Oak Orchard Health was founded in 1966 as a migrant health project and grown into an integrated health center with multiple locations serving more than 26,000 patients.

Community Health Centers provide primary and preventative health care to the most vulnerable and underserved communities.

“In the midst of this global pandemic, people across New York are turning to Community Health Centers for affordable primary and preventative health care,” Gillibrand said in a statement.

“CHCs provide a wide-range of services to some of our most underserved populations and this funding will help address the pandemic challenge and the health disparities it has exacerbated within our communities and ensure these centers can continue providing quality care to every New York community,” Gillibrand said.

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