Scenic Bluff Community Health to receive $1.8 million in federal grants through American Rescue Plan

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — The Scenic Bluffs Community Health Centers will receive more than $1.8 million in federal grants through the federal American Rescue Plan passed in March, according to a Thursday release from Rep. Ron Kind.

The funds will help the facility expand its COVID-19 vaccination and and treatment operations.

“Scenic Bluffs has been a stalwart presence in our communities during the pandemic. From testing to treatment to now getting people vaccinated, it’s been our mission and role to provide that care and support for our communities, and we’ve done a great job,” said Scenic Bluffs Community Health Centers CEO/Executive Director Mari Freiberg, MPH. “The continued recognition of this role by Rep. Kind and the federal government, and additional resources through the American Rescue Plan will allow us to continue to provide testing, treatment and the important public health work of vaccination.”

Kind said in a statement that the resources allocated to community health centers like Scenic Bluffs support vaccine access in rural and underserved communities.

“Our Community Health Centers have been on the frontlines of combatting COVID-19 and are critical to providing quality care, especially in our rural regions,” said Kind. “I’m glad to see the American Rescue Plan delivering the support our Community Health Centers need as they work to get shots in arms and protect Wisconsinites from this virus.”

Community Health Centers are able to use these funds to expand COVID-19 vaccination operations, testing, and treatment; deliver preventative and primary health care services to people who are at a higher risk for COVID-19; and expand operational capacity during the pandemic and beyond, including improving physical infrastructure and adding mobile units.