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Southern Illinois health centers getting funds to improve COVID-19 response

Community health centers across the state are receiving a total of 35 million dollars in funding.

Three southern Illinois health centers are being awarded money for improvements as part of the American Rescue Plan.

Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth announced the funding, which will total 35 million dollars across the state. In southern Illinois, Christopher Rural Health Planning in Christopher, Rural Health Inc, in Anna, and Shawnee Health Services in Carterville will receive funds to improve their infrastructure and address health disparities in underserved communities.

Christopher Rural Health will receive $960,000, Rural Health Inc will get $659,000, and Shawnee Health Services is being awarded $866,000.

The money is intended to be used for COVID-19 related needs, including renovating or expanding facilities, upgrading telehealth technology, and purchasing mobile medical vans or freezers for vaccine storage.

Steph Whiteside is a Digital Media News Specialist with WSIU radio in Carbondale, Ill. She previously worked as a general reporter at AJ+ and Current TV.