CT General Assembly Press ReleaseMarch 17, 2020
THE CONNECTICUT GENERAL ASSEMBLY
FOR IMMEDIATE Release
TODAY, Tuesday, March 16, 2020
Contact: Emmet Teran
TODAY: STATE, LOCAL LEADERS TO JOIN COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER WORKERS AND ADVOCATES FOR FACEBOOK LIVE ON COVID-19, CALL FOR ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Hartford, Conn — State and local officials will join Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) advocates and staff for a Facebook Live Town Hall today at noon to raise concerns over a lack in adequate resources available to providers to prepare for and handle the COVID-19 outbreak. As health centers expect an increased strain on services in the coming weeks with the number of cases continuing to climb and spread across the state, lawmakers and advocates are seeking relief for FQHCs at both the federal and state level.
“These Health Centers provide vital supports to low income residents in the Hartford area,” State Representative Brandon McGee (D-Windsor, Hartford) said. “At a time when our health care system will be tested with the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to ensure that these providers are prepared to meet the needs of our communities.”
“Today, we need to be vigilant and protect our most valuable resource: ‘the people,'” State Representative Geraldo Reyes Jr. (D-Waterbury) said. “Please take these health precautions seriously!”
“FQHC’s such as Charter Oak Health Center are on the front lines in our respective communities,” Charter Oak Health Center (COHC) President & CEO Nichelle Mullins said. “Collaborating with our local and state officials and hospitals to respond to the needs of our community is essential. Likewise, having the necessary resources to combat the COVID-19 outbreak will help us to serve the medically underserved in a more effective manner. “
WHO: State Representatives Brandon McGee and Geraldo Reyes Jr., Mayor Luke Bronin, Hartford City Councilmember T. J. Clarke II, COHC President and CEO Nichelle Mullins, and others
WHAT: Facebook Live Re: Federally Qualified Health Center Funding, COVID-19 Update
WHEN: TODAY, Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: Facebook Live: Charter Oak Health Center, Inc.
Press Aide — Connecticut House Democrats
Cathy Abercrombie, Human Services – Gregg Haddad, Higher Education and Employment Advancement
Liz Linehan, Children – Rick Lopes, Banking
Brandon McGee, Housing – Robyn Porter, Labor and Public Employees
Jason Rojas, Finance, Revenue and Bonding – Bobby Sanchez, Education
Sean Scanlon, Insurance and Real Estate –Steve Stafstrom, Judiciary
Toni Walker, Appropriations