Lowey Announces More Than $344,000 for Monsey Community Health Center to Respond to COVID-19

July 15, 2020
Press Release

Federal grant will fund a mobile van for coronavirus testing

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester) today announced $344,267 in federal funding for Community Medical and Dental Care, Inc. in Monsey that will support the acquisition of a van for mobile coronavirus testing.

“This funding is critical to improving access for those who may not be able to go to the nearest COVID-19 testing site,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “This grant will enable Community Medical and Dental Care, Inc. to purchase a van and the necessary equipment to reach and test more individuals throughout Rockland. A mobile testing center is the kind of innovation we need to continue to contain the coronavirus pandemic.”

“Community Medical and Dental Care, Inc. salutes Congressman Nita Lowey for recognizing the tireless efforts of our health center and all FQHC Look-Alikes, in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Mendel Hoffman, President and CEO of Community Medical and Dental Care, Inc. “The much-needed funding of $344,267 from HRSA will go toward the acquisition of a new mobile van in order to provide access to the indigent population in Rockland County for COVID-19 testing. This testing is vital in order to curb the spread of this novel virus. Even those patients who cannot come to our health center will be able to be tested closer to their homes, on the mobile van that will travel to designated sites in the County.”

The grant comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Health Center Program Look-Alikes (LALs): Expanding Capacity for Coronavirus Testing grant program. These funds can be used for purchasing, administering, and expanding testing capacity for monitoring and suppressing COVID-19. With this funding, LALs may expand their practices and evolve to address the testing needs of the community.

This funding is in addition to tens of billions in federal assistance that will protect New York families, keep small businesses afloat, and stem the spread of COVID-19 so the Lower Hudson Valley can fully recover as quickly as possible. As Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, Congresswoman Lowey has fought to increase investments in medical needs, protect the HHS budget from cuts, and fund the National Institutes of Health (NIH).


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