Press Release

March 3, 2021
Cardin, Van Hollen, Trone Announce More Than $3.5 Million for Western Maryland Community Health Center

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman David Trone (D-Md.) today announced $3,565,694 in federal funding to support Tri-State Community Health Center in Hancock, Md.

“The Tri-State Community Health Center, and other CHCs around Maryland, have played an essential role in delivering quality and affordable healthcare services to rural and underserved neighborhoods,” said Senator Cardin. “This new federal investment will ensure Western Maryland’s local health providers have the necessary resources to efficiently care for Marylanders during and after COVID-19. I am committed to removing the barriers to affordable health care and securing supplementary funding to bolster our Community Health Centers, particularly with their growing prominence in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.” 

“This new federal funding will help support frontline health workers in Western Maryland as they continue to fight COVID-19 and provide affordable, high-quality health care to residents. Community Health Centers, like the Tri-State Community Health Center, are critical partners in our efforts to beat this virus and keep Marylanders healthy. I will keep fighting for funding to strengthen accessible health care throughout the region and our state,” said Senator Van Hollen.

“Western Marylanders depend on the Tri-State Community Health Center, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we must provide the Center with the resources it needs to continue to serve our community,” said Congressman Trone. “This funding will help keep people safe, fight COVID, and make high-quality, affordable health care accessible to Western Marylanders.”

Funding is provided through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The new award will increase Tri-State Community Health Center’s capabilities and keep frontline workers safe through staff training, purchasing additional personal protective equipment and ramping up COVID-19 testing. Last year, Tri-State Community Health Center received more than $1.2 million in federal funding to strengthen Maryland’s COVID-19 response, such as increased testing capacity at Community Health Centers.