April 17, 2020
Press Release
Funding made available through CARES Act will help local health systems bolster services to prevent, diagnose, and treat COVID-19

(Rochester, NY) – Today, Congressman Joe Morelle announced that $4.7 million for community health centers in Monroe County to help respond to the COVID-19 global health crisis. These funds were awarded through the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and made available through the CARES Act recently passed by Congress which allocated $1.3 billion to support these healthcare providers.

“Our community health centers are on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19, and our entire nation is grateful for their dedication and patriotism under extraordinarily difficult circumstances,” said Congressman Joe Morelle. “We have an obligation to ensure they have the resources they need to treat COVID-19 and keep families in our community safe. That’s why Congress took immediate action to allocate this funding, which will go a long way towards helping our local health systems respond to this unprecedented crisis.”

“The greatest share of the CARES Act Health Centers grant will be used to ensure that our vital workforce remains employed and ready to serve our patients,” said Michael Leary, CEO, Mosaic Health. “Health Centers serve the population most vulnerable to disruptions in access to care and essential supplies, such as pharmaceuticals, needed by those who have chronic health conditions.”

“For our community's homeless population, access to preventive care is key to reducing emergency room visits, improving quality of life, and providing more Rochesterians with compassionate support and dignity,” said Bridgette Wiefling, M.D., senior vice president of Rochester Regional Health’s Primary Care Institute. “As we face the COVID-19 pandemic, this grant will provide resources to care for our community’s most vulnerable people. My heartfelt thanks go to everyone who made this possible.”  

“We could not be more grateful. Through our Healthcare for the Homeless Program, this grant funding will help our team reduce the spread of COVID-19 and care for 2,000 homeless patients in Monroe County who would otherwise be unable to receive important health care services,” said Karen Kinter, Regional Health Reach Project Director.

“During this public health crisis, thousands of patients continue to turn to community health centers if they develop symptoms such as cough and fever,” said Dr. Janice Harbin, President, Anthony Jordan Health. “We are the first line of defense as we screen patients, refer them for testing, and monitor their conditions if they are quarantined. We are very grateful for the additional resources from the CARE act and for the support of Congressman Morelle in assuring that we can continue to play this vital role.”

We were so grateful to see this funding come through when we needed it most,” said Mary Ann Pettibon, CEO, Oak Orchard Health. “Our patients rely on us to provide the health care that they deserve, and this funding allowed us to take care of our patients while keeping our healthcare workers employed during this crucial time. We not only serve a vulnerable population of uninsured and underinsured, but we work with the migrant farmworker population to educate them on the use of personal protective equipment (face masks and gloves), and educate them on how to prevent the spread of coronavirus.”

Earlier this month, Congress passed the CARES Act to provide relief for workers and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. This legislation included $1.3 billion for community health centers across the country to be used to prevent, diagnose, and treat COVID-19 –including adjusting health capacity or staffing levels to keep up with expanding and rapidly evolving needs. Specifically, funds were allocated to the following community health centers:

Mosaic Health


Anthony L. Jordan Health Corporation


Oak Orchard Community Health Center, Inc.


Regional Health Reach, Inc.