Booker, Menendez announce $3M in funding for Metropolitan Family Health Network

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U.S. Sens. Cory Booker and Bob Menendez (both D-NJ) announced this afternoon that the Metropolitan Family Health Network, which has offices in Jersey City and West New York, will receive over $3 million in federal funding.

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Residents in Jersey City, West New York and across Hudson County depend on the high-quality, affordable community-based primary and preventative care services offered at Metropolitan Family Health Network,” Menendez said in a statement.

“As I travel across the state, I hear from so many hardworking families who rely on the lifeline the services at our community health centers provide. That’s why I’ll continue fighting in Congress to protect and expand their funding.”

The MFHN will receive $3,359,718 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,

“Our federally qualified health centers provide critical services to underserved communities that need them most,” added Booker, also a Democratic presidential candidate.

“These federal dollars allow for the Metropolitan Family Health Network to continue its mission and provide the high-quality healthcare that all New Jerseyans deserve.”

In New Jersey, 24 community health centers operate 135 sites, providing preventive and primary health care services to 537,960 New Jerseyans.

Metropolitan Family Health Network provides health care services including pediatric care, women’s health care, behavioral health services and dental care.

Their offices are located at 935 Garfield Ave. and 857 Bergen Ave. in Jersey City, as well as 5300 Bergenline Avenue in West New York.

Menendez visited a Metropolitan Family Health Network office last year when he announced $45 million in federal funding to support community health centers throughout the state.

“The federal funding Metropolitan Family Health Network (MFHN) receives enables us to increase the number of qualified health and dental care providers, and to enhance and initiate new programs that meet the needs of our community,” added MFHN President and CEO Joan Dublin.

“We are grateful to Senator Menendez and Senator Booker for their leadership and advocacy in helping us continue to make top quality, affordable health and dental care accessible to all of our community, particularly those who are uninsured or underinsured.”

Earlier this year, Menendez joined colleagues in introducing legislation to bolster Community Health Centers and expand access to vital health care services for hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans.