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CAO receives $720K grant from feds

WASHINGTON — Ironton-Lawrence County Community Action Organization will receive more than $720,000 from the Health Resources & Service Administration’s Health Center Program as part of a historic response to the coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, announced on Thursday that several local health centers received grants from the program.

The HRSA is administered by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The additional funding is a direct result of the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act), which Johnson supported and the president signed into law.

“I know that local health centers will put these resources to good use as they continue to deliver essential services to our communities during this global pandemic,” Johnson said in a statement. “In Eastern and Southeastern Ohio, centers in Barnesville, Dover, Ironton, Lisbon, Portsmouth, Youngstown and Zanesville have been granted substantial federal funding. This funding will directly help these health centers detect, diagnose, prevent and treat COVID-19.”

The award recipients and grant awards for the congressional district are as follows:

• Barnesville / Ohio Hills Health Service – $630,995

• Dover / Community Mental Health Care – $535,295

• Ironton / Ironton and Lawrence County Area Community Action – $723,485

• Lisbon / Community Action Agency of Columbiana County – $745,205

• Portsmouth / Compass Community Health – $544,490

• Youngstown / Ohio North East Health Systems, Inc. – $894,035

• Zanesville / Muskingum Valley Health Centers – $1,134,290

To see the full list of award recipients and amounts go to https://tinyurl.com/wjkzl3d

The Ironton-Lawrence CAO received a $60,246 grant from the program last month.