Congressman Higgins Announces Over $1.3 Million for Health Centers to Expand Community Testing
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced more than $1.3 million in funding awarded to federally qualified healthcare clinics to expand COVID-19 testing capacity in Western New York. The supplemental funding was included in the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, approved by the House of Representatives on April 23rd, which provided $25 billion to expand testing nationwide.
Congressman Higgins said, “Western New York health clinics play a critical role in supporting healthy communities and they are continuing to do so through this pandemic. Growing access to testing is important as we look to reopen our economy and reduce community spread.”
Below is a summary of federal funding directed to healthcare clinics in Western New York:
The Community Health Center of Buffalo, Inc. (CHCB) is offering COVID-19 testing every Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:00am to 4:00pm starting May 12th and 13th through their medical mobile unit stationed in the Buffalo site parking lot at 34 Benwood Avenue in Buffalo.
Testing is also available on the mobile unit on Saturday, May 9th and Saturday, May 16th from 9:00am to 4:00pm at the Community Health Center of Niagara at 2715 Highland Avenue in Niagara Falls.
In addition CHCB is partnering with others to bring testing to Greater Faith Bible Tabernacle at 391 Edison Road in Buffalo’s hard-hit 14215 neighborhood. Drive up testing will be available on Monday, May 11th and Friday, May 15th from 9:00am to 4:30pm.
Residents must have a prescription from their primary care provider to be tested. If you do not have a primary care provider or are uninsured, call for further assistance. To schedule a COVID-19 diagnostic test with CHCB at any of the above locations call 716-986-9199 ext. 5907.
Community Health Center of Buffalo CEO Dr. LaVonne Ansari said, “We are playing an important role in containing the spread of the COVID-19 Virus, especially in communities of color, where families are being hit the hardest. These funds will be used to expand capacity for testing and to monitor and suppress COVID-19. Increased access to laboratory services, contact tracing, purchase of PPE supplies, telehealth equipment and transportation assistance for patients or health center personnel will now be possible with this funding. We remain committed to building healthy communities, one patient at a time.”
Neighborhood Health Center is offering drive up testing through its Mattina site at 300 Niagara Street in Buffalo and their Blasdell location at 4233 Lake Avenue in Blasdell. Drive up testing is by appointment only. A telehealth evaluation by a Neighborhood Health Center provider is required prior to scheduling an appointment. Contact the Blasdell office at: (716) 332-3070 or the Mattina office at (716) 242-8600.
"As primary care providers in our communities we are a vital part of preventing unnecessary hospitalizations and remain committed to our public health role in focusing on safeguarding health and safety and limiting the spread of this virus in our communities," said Joanne Haefner, Chief Executive Officer of Neighborhood Health Center. "This added funding allows us to safely and efficiently provide drive up COVID-19 testing at our offices where we are dedicated to serving those in most need," added Joanne.
Jericho Road has been evaluating and testing respiratory patients in isolation units at their Broadway and Barton locations during normal operating hours since the beginning of March. The health center is accepting new patients and can help uninsured patients access coverage. Please call 716-881-6191 to get connected.
Jericho Road is also conducting barrier-free, walk-up COVID-19 diagnostic and antibody testing for the general community at various partner sites throughout Western New York. These events do not require a prescription, an appointment, a primary care provider, or insurance. All community testing events are first-come, first-served and are mainly conducted outdoors. Test type administered is based on provider discretion. Check jrchc.org/medical/covid19 for the most up-to-date information.
- Thursday, May 14, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Jericho Road Community Health Center, 1021 Broadway, Buffalo 14212
- Friday, May 15, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Buffalo Myanmar Indigenous Christian Fellowship, 410 East Street, Buffalo 14207
- Tuesday, May 19, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Jericho Road Community Health Center, 184 Barton Street, Buffalo 14213
- Wednesday, May 20, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Eight Days of Hope, 852 Kensington Ave, Buffalo 14215 (Enter lot via Clyde Ave.)
- Thursday, May 21, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Jericho Road Community Health Center, 1021 Broadway, Buffalo 14212
Dr. Myron Glick, founder and CEO of Jericho Road Community Health Center, added: "Access to COVID-19 testing is part of community health centers' larger commitment to making healthcare accessible to all people, especially the most vulnerable. At Jericho Road, we decided that removing all barriers to testing is incredibly important in the fight for healthcare equity during this pandemic. We know that people of color, people living in poverty, and frontline workers are being disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and we need to make sure that testing is readily available to them in their own neighborhoods. To date, we have held two community testing events at our 1021 Broadway location and have more planned for various sites around Buffalo. We are incredibly grateful to Congressman Higgins for securing this funding for Jericho Road and other local community health centers."