Salud Para La Gente receives $1.82 million federal grant – Santa Cruz Sentinel

SALINAS — Salud Para La Gente and Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas received federal grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Rep. Jimmy Panetta announced Tuesday.

Salud Para La Gente in Watsonville received a federal grant of $1.82 million and Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas in Salinas received a federal grant of $2.76 million.

Salud Para La Gente was founded in 1978, according to the organization’s website. It began as a one free clinic offering health care primarily to farmworkers on the Central Coast. Today, Salud Para La Gente has five clinics total in Watsonville and Freedom. It also has school-based health centers in Watsonville and Salinas.

“Community health centers play a vital role in keeping Central Coast families healthy,” said Panetta in a prepared release. “These grants will help our health centers provide community members with the care that they need and deserve.”

The funding for the grants comes through the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Health Center Cluster grant program, which is one of many programs that distribute Affordable Care Act funding to community health centers across the country. The purpose of the fiscal year 2019 health center program awards is to ensure continued access to comprehensive, culturally competent, quality primary health care services for communities and vulnerable populations currently served by the health care program.

For information, visit splg.org.