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Source: United States House of Representatives – Representative Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26)

MIAMI, FL- Today, U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26) announced that since taking office, she brought nearly $50 million for community health centers in Florida’s 26th congressional district. She also played a key role in bringing the district’s first drive-thru COVID testing to Community Health of South Florida, Inc. (CHI) in South Dade.

“I am so proud to have brought these funds to our district’s community health centers to provide essential care during this crisis,” said Mucarsel-Powell. “These centers play a critical role in our community, providing quality care regardless of a patient’s insurance status or ability to pay. The funds have helped our community by not only bringing the first drive-thru testing to South Florida, but also by implementing virtual telehealth and mental health and substance abuse services. I will continue to fight to make sure that my constituents receive top notch services from these community health centers, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“This funding is critical to ensuring that everyone has access to high quality healthcare at Community Health of South Florida, Inc.,” said Brodes H. Hartley, Jr. CEO of CHI. “It made sure that we could quickly respond and be the first to offer drive through COVID-19 testing in South Florida. We are grateful to Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell and the many other legislators who have helped support community health centers with resources. Now more than ever, our communities need a life-line for good health.”

“On behalf of the Rural Health Network of Monroe County FL, Inc, the staff and the community, we are grateful for the ongoing constant support from our US Representative, Dist. 26, Ms. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell. Representative Mucarsel-Powell has ensured that financial assistance is granted to RHN, which is a non-profit, 501c3, FQHC, health care center providing medical and dental services to those who are uninsured or under insured to be provided quality health care that is affordable and accessible,” said Rochelle Pearson, CEO of Rural Health Network of Monroe County FL. “Without Mucarsel-Powell’s support and fighting for Monroe County it will be impossible to exist. This past year’s funding allowed RHN to partake in the on-going fight against COVID-19, by purchasing testing kits and providing free testing to the community on and off site. Implementation of virtual telehealth and telemedicine to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the Providers and patients. This has allowed for the center not to be a barrier of care in any way. The grants have also allowed the center to put in place safety precautions to ensure that our staff and patients are safe while providing and receiving care. As we all are aware at this time, this pandemic is not over, and it may be a long time from such. These grants have allowed the health care center to prepare for the long haul of being on the front lines to ensure that quality health care remain in this district. Knowing that Mucarsel-Powell is present to ensure that gives us all the confidence in the world that truly we are her people in the Monroe County Florida area.”

“Guidance/Care Center, Inc. is committed to ensuring Monroe County residents receive much needed mental health and substance abuse services.  Over the past 2 years we have received funding for our most vulnerable residents including the criminal justice population, those at risk for HIV, those with opioid addiction and those at risk of suicide as well as children and families,” said Maureen Dunleavy, Regional Vice President of Guidance/Care Inc. “Knowing that approximately 50% of our community is un-insured or underinsured and can’t meet basic living expenses, we continue to use this the funding to provide these services to our community.  Losing one more life to overdose or suicide is one too many.  We are so grateful for this opportunity to save lives in our community.”

The figures below include the breakdown of funds for each center:



  • FY 2020: Total Awarded Amount of $2.3 Million from 18 transactions
  • FY 2019: Total Awarded Amount of $1.6 Million from 13 transactions