WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono (D- Hawaii) recently announced $10,302,629 in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grants to address pressing construction and renovation needs and expand access to quality health care at community health centers in Hilo and Waianae.

The funds are the first in a series of awards that will be made available to community health centers throughout the country under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This builds on the more than $2 billion national investment in community health centers made under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Congresswoman Hirono voted in favor of the Affordable Care Act this past March. President Barack Obama signed it into law two days later.

The grant recipients are as follows:

– $7,929,695 in federal funding has been awarded to Waianae District Comprehensive Health and Hospital Board, Inc. on Oahu.

The Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center is comprised of a network of primary care-oriented clinics with locations in Waianae (Main Campus & Waianae Mall), Nanakuli, Waipahu, and Kapolei. The combined service sites serve more than 27,000 patients who make some 139,000 medical visits.
– $2,372,970 in federal funding has been awarded to the Bay Clinic, Inc. in Hilo on Hawaii Island.

Bay Clinic, Inc. provides comprehensive primary, preventive and urgent medical, dental, and behavioral health care to low-income and medically underserved populations regardless of their ability to pay for services.

From the office of Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono, Washington, D.C. Hirono represents Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, which includes rural Oahu, the Neighbor Islands: Kahoolawe, Kauai, Lanai, Maui, Molokai, Niihau, Hawaii Island and the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.