ORLANDO—U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park, Fla., announced today that Sanford-based True Health and their network of community health clinics in Central Florida were invited to join the federal government’s Health Center COVID-19 Vaccine Program to help allocate more vaccines to underserved communities in the region. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched this program to directly allocate COVID-19 vaccine to HRSA-supported health centers to ensure that underserved communities and those disproportionately affected by COVID-19 are equitably vaccinated.
“The COVID-19 crisis has disproportionately affected communities of color and underserved populations, and this funding will help our hardest-hit communities recover quickly from the pandemic,” said Murphy. “Community health centers put public health first and treat patients regardless of income level or insurance coverage, and this program is essential to increase vaccine accessibility and keep Central Florida safe at this critical time.”
“True Health serves a large uninsured and/or underserved population with several socioeconomic barriers. Vaccine hesitancy has been a huge challenge to overcome for our community. True Health providers and staff were able to ease patients’ fears with education and a smooth vaccination process,” said Janelle Dunn, Chief Executive Officer of True Health. “Once we ran out of vaccine supply, the conversation pivoted towards an access issue. Several of our patients have contacted us requesting the vaccine. I am very excited that Congresswoman Murphy recognizes the value of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCS) such as True Health and the positive role we play as a safety net provider.”
The federal government provides significant funding to support our nation’s 1,400 community health centers, which operate over 10,000 delivery sites across the country and serve 1 in 13 Americans. True Health has been a pillar in the Central Florida community for over four decades, serving nearly 45,000 patients a year, including low-income, uninsured, and underinsured individuals.