Charles Drew Health Center, Inc. Announces $4.3 Million Grant from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration

Charles Drew Health Center, Inc. (CDHC) is proud to announce that it has received a continuation of its three-year, $4.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). This funding will continue CDHC’s vital work as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), supporting the nation’s medically underserved populations with affordable, quality primary healthcare services.  The FQHC program, overseen by HRSA, is a public partnership that strengthens the healthcare safety net for America’s most vulnerable populations. FQHCs are community-based and patient-directed organizations that provide comprehensive primary care services, including medical, dental, behavioral health, and pharmacy care. They play a crucial role in improving health outcomes and reducing health disparities among medically underserved communities.


The competitive Service Area Competition (SAC) is a triennial process that ensures continued access to affordable, quality primary care for communities currently served by FQHCs.  SAC funding, often referred to as “Section 330 funding,” is the backbone of FQHCs’ financial support. It allows health centers like CDHC to deliver vital services to those in need, particularly in underserved urban and rural areas.


CDHC has a long history of success, serving nearly 13,000 patients annually with over 42,000 visits. The funding will allow CDHC to build on its successful track record, expanding its capacity to provide primary healthcare services within North Omaha. This includes expanding access to primary care, dental services, behavioral health care, pharmacy, and enabling services that support overall community well-being.


“This funding is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff, stakeholder, and board,” added John Ewing, Jr., Chairperson of the CDHC Board of Directors. “We are committed to using these resources wisely to further our goal of providing high-quality, affordable healthcare to the people of North Omaha. We are grateful for HRSA’s confidence in our ability to make a difference in the lives of those we serve.”


“This further affirms our commitment to ensuring that all people have access to the care they need and deserve, regardless of their ability to pay. It energizes us to continue innovating and expanding our services to better serve our community,” said Kenny McMorris, CEO of Charles Drew Health Center. “Through our unwavering dedication to service, CDHC has earned the trust and respect of the people it serves. The funding from HRSA is a testament to the health center’s success and endorsement of its mission. As CDHC looks to the future, it is energized and inspired to continue making a positive difference in the lives of those in our community.